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Wesley Reed

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Wesley Reed
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 27
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Marine Corps
ProfessionPilot, FedEx
Campaign website
Wesley Reed campaign logo
Wesley Reed was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 27th Congressional District of Texas.[1] Wesley Reed lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Reed enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve during his second year of college. He then signed an aviation contract with the U.S. Marine Corps and attended Officer Candidates School. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the USMCR. He has served on both active and reserve duty. Reed currently works as a pilot for FedEx.[2]


Campaign themes


Reed's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: "Members of Congress have several options at their disposal to grow the economy and create jobs. Unfortunately, due to our current Representative’s refusal to use any of these options available to him, we still have three people unemployed per every available job. The first step I would take is to help small businesses grow."
  • Why Did My Opponent Vote To Cut Veteran’s Benefits?: "After voting to make the cuts, along Party lines, he is now backtracking and trying to make amends by proposing legislation to retract his vote. This line is disingenuous. He is not the only novice legislator from the TEA Party wing of the Republican Party who is trying this tactic in their home district. He knows full well that these proposals are non-starters."
  • Aviation: "The United States’ airline industry and its employees operate in a hyper-competitive international marketplace. The U.S. airline industry has lost $48.1 billion since 2000. It is very clear that the airline industry continues to face significant challenges. Competition from foreign airlines, which are often state-owned or heavily state-sponsored and vertically integrated and operate from countries with low or nonexistent tax and regulatory burdens, is growing rapidly and impeding international growth for U.S. airlines."
  • Education: "Education is the cornerstone to building America’s future. We must make a national commitment to education by strengthening our schools, fully funding special education, and modernizing our classrooms. At the same time, we must work to reduce class size, put in place the means for students to attain higher education, and make sure that we have the best trained, most qualified teachers in the world."
  • Equality: "Women still make just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man, equaling, on average, over $430,000 in lost compensation for her, her family, and our economy over her lifetime. The wage gap is even greater for Hispanic and African American women."


—Wesley Reed's campaign website,



See also: Texas' 27th Congressional District elections, 2014

Reed ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 27th District. Reed won the Democratic nomination in the primary on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. He was defeated by incumbent Blake Farenthold (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[5]

U.S. House, Texas District 27 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBlake Farenthold Incumbent 63.6% 83,342
     Democratic Wesley Reed 33.7% 44,152
     Libertarian Roxanne Simonson 2.7% 3,553
Total Votes 131,047
Source: Texas Secretary of State

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Reed's reports.


Reed and his wife, Lori, have three children.[2]

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