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Biography

Elected: Nov. 2010, 2nd full term.

Born: November 18, 1971, Joliet, IL

Home: Corning

Education: Alfred U., B.A. 1993; OH Northern U., J.D. 1996.

Professional Career: Law clerk, private firm, 1995; assoc. atty., private firm, 1996-99; owner, Law Office of Thomas W. Reed II.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Catholic

Family: Married (Jean) , 2 children

Republican Tom Reed was elected in 2010 to fill the unexpired term of Democrat Eric Massa, who resigned amid allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with his staff. A pragmatic and low-key centrist, Reed has won the trust of House GOP leaders, who gave him a seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

Reed was born in Joliet, Ill., the youngest of 12 children. His father was an Army veteran and Silver Star recipient who fought in World War II and Korea. When Reed was just 2 years old, his father accidentally died of carbon monoxide poisoning while working on his car. Soon after his father’s death, Reed’s family moved to Corning, N.Y., where his mother had grown up. She stayed at home to take care of the children, relying on her late husband’s military death benefits and Social Security checks for financial support. “We struggled but we never went without, so to speak. We were happy,” Reed told National Journal. As the youngest, Reed said he became used to being the last one to get a bath and to being the one who had to sit on the floor of the family car or the armrest because there weren’t enough seats to go around.

In high school, Reed swam competitively and received offers to compete in Division I college athletics programs. He opted to stay close to home, however, attending Alfred University in western New York. He majored in political science with minors in history and literature, and he was captain of the swim team, placing eighth in the Division III College National Championships. When he was a freshman, Reed met his future wife, Jean, who was a senior at the time. They married in 1996. After graduation, Reed went to law school at Ohio Northern University College, graduating in 1996 and going to work in a law firm in Rochester. When his mother died in 1998, he and his wife packed up their family and moved back to Corning, to the house where he had grown up. In 1999, he founded his own law firm. Reed ran successfully in 2007 for mayor of Corning.

In July 2009, Reed announced that he would challenge Massa, believing that the Democrat was vulnerable in the Republican-leaning district. Massa, though, had a reputation as a fierce campaigner, and many analysts felt that he had a good chance to hang onto the seat. Then, the race was turned on its head in March 2010, when Massa abruptly resigned the seat amid allegations from male staff members that he had inappropriately touched them during social events. Democratic Gov. David Paterson scheduled a special election to coincide with the general election in November 2010. Potential top-tier candidates such as former Rep. Randy Kuhl, who had been ousted by Massa in 2008, opted not to run, leaving Reed unchallenged for the Republican nomination.

The Democrats chose as their nominee Matthew Zeller, an Afghanistan combat veteran. Zeller argued that he would do a better job of protecting Social Security and creating jobs than would Reed, who focused his message on reducing the deficit and shrinking government. Zeller raised $457,000, compared with Reed’s $1 million. Reed had one slipup in the race. He suggested on Twitter that the district was being shortchanged by the House’s failure to vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. The Senate votes on judicial confirmations, not the House. But by capitalizing on voter angst over excessive spending, Reed won handily, 57% to 43%.

Because there were a few weeks remaining of Massa’s term, Reed was sworn in in November for the remainder of the 111th Congress (2009-10) and so took part in the lame-duck session of Congress at the end of 2010. Despite his centrist tendencies, he stuck with his party on major legislation and impressed House leaders by getting colleagues to sign a letter supporting free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. In June 2011, Reed got a prized seat on Ways and Means, rare for a freshman, and later that year was one of the six GOP members chosen to be a conferee in the payroll tax cut negotiations. “As you talk to Tom, you realize he is very policy-oriented, that there’s a lot of substance there,” Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., told The Buffalo News.

On local issues, Reed added an amendment to the House-passed fiscal 2013 energy and water spending bill to increase money for cleanups at sites such as his district’s West Valley Demonstration Project, a former nuclear fuel reprocessing facility. His image was mildly tarnished when it was revealed he was among the House members who went swimming in the Sea of Galilee during a 2011 trip to Israel (Reed remained clothed).

Post-2010 census redistricting added Ithaca, home of Cornell University, to Reed’s district to make it more Democratic, but overall, it still contains more working-class than college-educated voters. In 2012, Reed drew an energetic Democratic challenger in Nate Shinagawa, the 28-year-old vice chairman of the Tompkins County Legislature. He went after Reed for his support of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, contending it would endanger tourism and agriculture in the Finger Lakes region. Reed said he supported an exemption for drilling in the Finger Lakes. He raised more than $2 million to Shinagawa’s $829,000 and eked out a win, 52%-48%.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

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RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2437
Washington, DC 20515-3223

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(607) 654-7566

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Trade

Phillips Hinch
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Transportation

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Veterans

Logan Hoover
Legislative Correspondent; Staff Assistant

Doc Schmitz
Veterans Affairs Caseworker

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Tom Reed
Votes: 137,669
Percent: 51.91%
Nate Shinagawa
Votes: 127,535
Percent: 48.09%
2012 PRIMARY
Tom Reed
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Tom Reed
Votes: 112,314
Percent: 57.0%
Matthew Zeller
Votes: 86,099
Percent: 43.28%
2010 PRIMARY
Tom Reed
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (57%), 2010 special (57%)

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