|U.S. Senate, Rhode Island|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||18|
|Predecessor||Claiborne Pell (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2008|
|First elected||November 5, 1996|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Representative, U.S. House of Representatives|
|Senator, Rhode Island State Senate|
|Bachelor's||West Point, 1971|
|Master's||Harvard University, 1973|
|J.D.||Harvard Law School, 1982|
|Years of service||1967-1979|
|Date of birth||November 12, 1949|
|Place of birth||Providence, RI|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Below is an abbreviated outline of Reed's academic, professional and political career:
- 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
Reed serves on the following Senate committees:
- 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
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.
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."
|U.S. Senate, Rhode Island General Election, 2008|
|Democrat||Jack Reed incumbent||73.4%||320,644|
|Republican||Robert G. Tingle||26.6%||116,174|
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.
|Jack Reed's Campaign Contribution History|
|2008||US Senate (Rhode Island)||$4,735,246|
|2002||US Senate (Rhode Island)||$3,747,124|
|Grand Total Raised||$8,482,370|
|U.S. Senate, Rhode Island General Election, 2008 - Jack Reed Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Top contributors to Jack Reed's campaign committee|
|JPMorgan Chase & Co||$37,350|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$399,338|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
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.
Congressional staff salaries
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 he 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.
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. In 2012, Reed ranked 13th out of 52 Senate Democrats in the liberal rankings.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.
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. In 2011, Reed and fellow Democratic Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse both ranked 19th in the liberal rankings.
Voting with party
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.
Jack Reed voted with the Democratic Party 97.0% of the time, which ranked 4 among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.
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Reed and his wife, Julia, have one child, Emily.
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- Media coverage:
- Public Policy Polling, "Senator Reed with Large Lead Over Republicans," February 1, 2013
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Jack Reed," Accessed November 4, 2011
- Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 18, 2013
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jack Reed," Accessed April 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Jack Reed 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 4, 2011
- Gov Track "John Reed," Accessed July 5, 2013
- GovTrack, "Jack Reed," Accessed April 17, 2013
- LegiStorm "Jack Reed"
- National Journal, "TABLE: Senate Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
- National Journal, "TABLE: Senate Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Reed, (D-Rhode Island), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Reed, (D-Rhode Island), 2010"
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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