John F. Reed

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John F. Reed
U.S. Senior Senator, Rhode Island
Party Democratic
Assumed office (class 2)

January 7, 1997
Serving with Norm Coleman

Preceded by Claiborne Pell
Born November 12, 1949
Spouse Julia Hart
Religion Roman Catholic

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John F. (Jack) Reed, member of the Democratic Party, represented Rhode Island in the House of Representatives from 1991 to 1997. During Rhode Island's credit union and banking crisis, he helped secure $180 million in federal loan guarantees to pay off depositors and he won support for federal funding for the design and construction of a project to upgrade the state's freight rail system. During the next six years Reed became a leader on a number of issues including education and health care. [1]

When Senator Claiborne Pell announced his retirement in 1996, Reed won election to Pell's former seat. He was easily reelected to a second term in 2002 and will face reelection in 2008.

Reed was born in Providence, R.I. on November 12, 1949.



  • attended St. Matthew’s Elementary School, Cranston, R.I.
  • graduated, LaSalle Academy, Providence, R.I., 1967.
  • B.S., United States Military Academy, West Point 1971.
  • M.P.P., Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University 1973.
  • J.D., Harvard Law School 1982. [2]

Military Service

  • served in the U.S. Army 1976-1979. [3]
    • 82nd Airborne Division, as an Army Ranger and paratrooper.


  • associate professor, Department of Social Sciences, U.S. Military Academy 1977-1979.
  • admitted to the Washington, D.C. bar 1983.
  • lawyer. [4]

Political History

  • member, Rhode Island State Senate, for three terms, 1985-1990.
  • elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Second and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1991-January 2, 1997).
  • was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives in 1996.
  • elected to the United States Senate in 1996 and reelected in 2002 for the term ending January 3, 2009. [5]

Member of these U.S. Senate committees:

  • Senate Armed Forces Committee
    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Chairman
    • Subcommittee on SeaPower
    • Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
  • Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment, Chairman
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions
    • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
  • Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
    • Subcommittee on Children and Families
    • Subcommittee on Retirement and Aging
  • Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans' Affairs, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

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