Jack Reed (United States Senator)

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Jack Reed

Assumed office 
January 3, 1997
Serving with Sheldon Whitehouse
Preceded by Claiborne Pell

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd district
Assumed office 
January 3, 1991-January 3, 1997
Preceded by Claudine Schneider
Succeeded by Robert Weygand

Born November 12, 1949 (1949-11-12) (age 67)
Cranston, Rhode Island
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Julia Hart
Children Emily Reed
Residence Cranston, Rhode Island
Alma mater United States Military Academy (B.S.)
Harvard University (M.P.P., J.D.)
Occupation Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1971–1979
Rank Captain
Unit 82nd Airborne Division
325 Infantry

John Francis "Jack" Reed (born November 12, 1949) is a Democrat and the senior United States Senator from Rhode Island.

Early life and family

Reed was born in Cranston, Rhode Island, to Mary Louise Monahan and Joseph Anthony Reed.[1] Reed graduated from La Salle Academy in Providence and attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1971. Following his graduation and receiving an active duty commission, Reed attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he received a Masters in Public Policy. Reed, an Army Ranger and a paratrooper, served in the 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantry Platoon leader in the 325th Infantry Regiment[2], a Company Commander, and a Battalion Staff Officer. He returned to West Point in 1978 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences.[3] He married professional Senate staffer Julia Hart in a Roman Catholic ceremony in the Catholic chapel on the United States Military Academy campus on April 16, 2005. On January 5, 2007, Mrs. Reed gave birth to a daughter, Emily.

Law and politics

Reed resigned from the army in 1979 as a captain and enrolled in Harvard Law School. In 1982, he graduated and served as an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Afterwards, he returned to Rhode Island and joined Edwards and Angell, a Providence law firm. Reed was elected as a state senator in 1984 and served three terms. In 1990, Reed was elected to the United States House of Representatives. For the next six years, Reed became well known in his state for his positions on education and health care, and when Senator Claiborne Pell announced his retirement in 1996, Reed campaigned to be his replacement and won the election. He was easily reelected to a second term in 2002.

Reed is currently a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the Senate Appropriations Committee. Americans for Democratic Action has often listed him as a "hero" as they indicate he has one of the most liberal voting records in the Senate.[4]

Reed's name has been mentioned as a potential Vice Presidential running mate for Barack Obama. [5][6]

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  2. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton: Trip Report
  3. http://reed.senate.gov/biography/index.cfm
  4. lifetimesenrhodeisland.html
  5. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/17/washington/17reed.html?ref=us
  6. http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/politics/blog/2008/07/vp_picks_an_08_alagorey.html
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