Jim Reed

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Jim Reed
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 1
Bachelor'sUniversity of California-Berkeley (1972)
Master'sGolden Gate University
J.D.San Francisco Law School (1976)
Campaign website
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Jim Reed was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of California.



  • 1972: University of California-Berkeley, Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering
  • 1976: San Francisco Law School, Law degree
  • Golden Gate University, Master of Science in Taxation


Reed currently runs a law practice based in Fall River Mills, California.[1]


Campaign themes


Reed's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • The Role of a Congressional Representative
Excerpt: "I believe our forefathers, when they created our government, wanted Congressional Representatives to speak for the people in their District. A Congressional Representative must be independent and exercise good judgment in voting for the legislation that comes before Congress. That means at times voting against their own political party leaders and resisting the influence of special interests."
  • Taxes and Discrimination Against the Middle Class
Excerpt: "Over the last 25 years, Congress at the behest of Wall Street has shifted the tax burden from people who make their income from investments to the working men and women of the middle class. First, Congress reduced the tax rate on capital gains to 15% no matter how much income is earned. Then, Congress, as part of the Bush tax cuts, reduced the tax on dividends to 15%. "
  • Social Security
Excerpt: "One of my highest priorities is saving Social Security as we know it today. Social Security as originally created was properly funded to last into the foreseeable future. However, Congressional borrowing from the Social Security Trust Fund and the aging population has put pressure on the ability of the fund to pay benefits."
  • Term Limits
Excerpt: "I believe that our Congressional Representatives should not be career politicians that clog up progress in Washington. Members of Congress should represent the people of their District, but when they stay too long, they get comfortable and stop listening. I believe that 4 two-year terms (8 years total) should be the limit and I pledge not to stay in Congress any longer than that."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "The Northern Counties in District 1 receive far less than the national average for Federal spending. This spending includes all Federal payments that end up in the District including money for education, veterans, and family farms. We have in the District a persistent unemployment rate that far exceeds the national average and I believe there is a direct correlation between the high unemployment rate and the fact that the District does not get back its fair share of our tax dollars."



See also: California's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Reed ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 1st District. He and Doug La Malfa (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Nathan Arrowsmith (D), Samuel Aanestad (R), Gregory Cheadle (R), Michael Dacquisto (R), Pete Stiglich (R), and Gary Allen Oxley (Ind). Reed was defeated by La Malfa in the November 6, 2012, general election.[3][4]

U.S. House, California District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug La Malfa 57.4% 168,827
     Democratic Jim Reed 42.6% 125,386
Total Votes 294,213
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Reed's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Reed did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Reed's campaign committee raised a total of $178,730 and spent $178,979.[5]


Reed and his wife, Carol, have two children.[6]

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