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Before becoming a U.S. Senator, Reed served three terms in the [[United States House of Representatives|U.S. House]], representing [[Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district]] from 1991-1997. Prior to that, he was a member of the [[Rhode Island State Senate]].
 
  
 
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==Career==

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Jack Reed
Jack Reed.jpg
U.S. Senate, Rhode Island
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorClaiborne Pell (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,482,370
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Representative, U.S. House of Representatives
1991-1997
Senator, Rhode Island State Senate
1985-1991
Education
Bachelor'sWest Point, 1971
Master'sHarvard University, 1973
J.D.Harvard Law School, 1982
Military service
Service/branchArmy
Years of service1967-1979
Personal
BirthdayNovember 12, 1949
Place of birthProvidence, RI
Net worth$570,022
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Jack Reed (b. November 12, 1949, in Providence, Rhode Island) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Rhode Island. Reed was first elected to the Senate in 1996, and he won re-election in 2002 and 2008.

Reed is set to run for re-election in 2014. He is considered to be the safest senate incumbent up for re-election next year.[1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Before becoming a U.S. Senator, Reed served three terms in the U.S. House, representing Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district from 1991-1997. Prior to that, he was a member of the Rhode Island State Senate.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Reed is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Reed's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1971: Received his B.S. from United States Military Academy, West Point
  • 1973: Received his M.P.P from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • 1982: Received his J.D. from Harvard Law School
  • 1971-1979: Served in the U.S. Army
  • 1977-1979: Held a position as an associate professor, Department of Social Sciences, U.S. Military Academy
  • 1979-1991: Served int he U.S. Army Reserve
  • 1985-1990: Served as a member of the Rhode Island State senate
  • 1991-1997: Served as a Democrat in the U.S. Congress
  • 1997-Present: U.S Senator from Rhode Island

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Reed serves on the following Senate committees[3]:

  • Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of Defense
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
  • Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Members
    • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
  • Armed Services
    • Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
    • Subcommittee on SeaPower
    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities

2011-2012

Reed served on the following Senate committees[4]:

Issues

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Reed voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Rhode Island, 2014

A Public Policy Poll released February 1, 2013 showed Reed in excellent standing for re-election in 2014: In addition to high job performance approval ratings, poll respondents said they would vote for Reed over all five potential Republican challengers included in the survey, with Reed winning by a minimum of 29 points against Brendan Doherty, and a maximum of 65 points against Curt Schilling.

The results prompted Dean Debna, the President of Public Policy Polling, to say that, “Jack Reed may very well be the least vulnerable Senator in the country up for reelection next year."[1]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Jack Reed won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Robert G. Tingle (R) in the general election.[6]

U.S. Senate, Rhode Island General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngJack Reed incumbent 73.4% 320,644
     Republican Robert G. Tingle 26.6% 116,174
Total Votes 436,818

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Reed is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Reed raised a total of $8,482,370 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2013.[12]

Jack Reed's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 US Senate (Rhode Island) Won $4,735,246
2002 US Senate (Rhode Island) Won $3,747,124
Grand Total Raised $8,482,370

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Jack Reed's reports.[13]

Jack Reed Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April QuarterlyApril 15, 2013$1,859,833$248,715$(56,579)$2,051,969
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2013$2,051,969$704,411$(189,677)$2,566,703
Running totals
$953,126$(246,256)

2008

Breakdown of the source of Reed's campaign funds before the 2008 election.

Reed won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Reed's campaign committee raised a total of $4,735,246 and spent $3,169,751.[14]


Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Reed is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of July 2013.[15]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[16]

Reed most often votes with:

Reed least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Reed missed 32 of 5,172 roll call votes between January 1997 and April 2013. This amounts to 0.6%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving as of April 2013.[17]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Reed paid his congressional staff a total of $2,570,396 in 2011. He ranks 18th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranks 52nd overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Rhode Island ranks 30th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[18]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Reed's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $171,044 and $969,000. That averages to $570,022, which is significantly lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth increased by 0.26% from 2010.[19]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Reed's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $196,042 and $941,000. That averages to $568,521, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[20]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2012

Reed ranked 13th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[21][22]

2011

Reed and fellow Democratic Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse both ranked 19th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[23]

Voting with party

2013

Jack Reed voted with the Democratic Party 94.9% of the time, which ranked 28th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of July 2013.[24]

2011

Jack Reed voted with the Democratic Party 97.0% of the time, which ranked 4th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[25]

Personal

Reed and his wife, Julia, have one child, Emily.

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Public Policy Polling, "Senator Reed with Large Lead Over Republicans," February 1, 2013
  2. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Jack Reed," Accessed November 4, 2011
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 18, 2013
  4. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 18, 2013
  5. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  7. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jack Reed," Accessed April 22, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission "Jack Reed Summary Report," accessed August 23, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Jack Reed 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 4, 2011
  15. Gov Track "John Reed," Accessed July 5, 2013
  16. OpenCongress, "Sen. John Reed," accessed August 22, 2013
  17. GovTrack, "Jack Reed," Accessed April 17, 2013
  18. LegiStorm "Jack Reed"
  19. OpenSecrets.org, "Reed, (D-Rhode Island), 2011"
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Reed, (D-Rhode Island), 2010"
  21. National Journal, "TABLE: Senate Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  22. National Journal, "TABLE: Senate Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  23. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Claiborne Pell
U.S. Senate - Rhode Island
1997-Present
Succeeded by
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