Reed was raised in Garden City, Kansas. He attended the United States Air Force Academy and served in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Reed earned a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a law degree from Stanford Law School.
- Reed is a co-sponsor of the California Pension Reform Initiative (2014).
- He supported Measure B in San Jose.
San Jose City Council
Reed was elected to a seat on the San Jose City Council from the Berryessa District (District 4) in 2000. He ran again in 2004 and was re-elected.
Mayoral election 2006
Reed was elected to his first term as Mayor of San Jose on November 7, 2006.
Mayoral election 2010
Reed was re-elected to a second four-year term on June 8, 2010.
Reed is married to Paula Reed; she manages a medical clinic that specializes in cancer treatment. They are the parents of two children, Kim and Alex.