I was first elected to represent the 29th District of New York in a special election in November 2010. After taking office during the “lame duck” session of the 111th Congress, I began serving a full two-year term in the 112th Congress in January 2011.
In November 2012 I was elected to serve the new 23rd District, which includes a larger geographic area of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions of New York. I was honored to be reelected in November 2014.
In June 2011, I was appointed to the Committee on Ways and Means. This committee has broad jurisdiction over many issues including tax policy, trade, health care, and Social Security. I currently serve on the Select Revenue and Social Security subcommittees.
Job creation and the nation’s financial health are the most important challenges facing the country and upstate New York. Serving on Ways and Means allows me to have a direct impact on supporting job growth, simplifying the burdensome tax code and reigning in federal spending. This is why the voters of the 23rd District sent me to Washington.
I am committed to fighting for job creation by tackling our national debt, reducing burdensome regulations on small businesses – our country’s drivers of private-sector job growth – reforming the tax code to make it simpler, fairer, and less costly, and developing an “all-of-the-above” comprehensive energy policy. Our office has worked hard to highlight taxpayer dollars being frittered away by federal agencies. This initiative has highlighted more than $14,781,015,198 of wasteful spending thus far.
Constituent service is one of my top prioroties, and we strive to be as accessible as possible. We have district offices in Corning, Geneva, Jamestown, Ithaca, and Olean, and our staff regulararly hold remote office hours in other locations throughout the region. Our hardworking staff has completed more than 8,500 constituent cases, which have helped resolve issues with the IRS, Veterans Administration, Social Security Admnistration, and various other federal agencies. We are continually working to improve upon the level of assistance we provide, to ensure that the federal government works as it sould: to serve the people.
I value the thoughts, opinions, and concerns of everyone in our district. That is why we have held over 160 town hall meetings. I appreciate the opportunity to speak with residents from across our region, becuase it is clear that real solutions come from mom and dads, small business owners, and hardworking individuals - not bureaucrats in Washington. These conversations allow me to better serve you, and enable us, together, to care for the places we call home.
I currently serve as Chair of the Private Property Rights Caucus, Vice Chair of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, and Co-Chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus and Congressional Natural Gas Caucus.
On a personal note, family means everything to me. I am the youngest of 12 children raised by Tom and Betty Barr Reed – both long-term residents of the city of Corning, Nne York. My was a decorated veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. I attended All Saints Academy and Corning East High School, and I graduated from Horseheads High School in 1989. I graduated from Alfred University in 1993 with a degree in Political Science. I graduated from the Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1996 and began my legal profession in Rochester, New York.
I married my wife Jean in 1996. We have two children, Autumn and Will.
In 1999, we returned to our hometown of Corning. We currently live in the house my grandfather built in the early 1920s. After opening a private legal practice, I spent the next 11 years working in real estate and mortgage brokerage.
I had the privilege of serving as Mayor of Corning from 2008 to 2009. I was compelled to seek this office by my deep concern about the personal, petty political issues that I saw at City Hall. I helped change the political climate in Corning, which is what I am now doing in Washington.
I believe that the power of our nation is not in the government we create, but rather the people who work hard every day to raise their families and make their communities better places to live. We must again become a nation of personal accountability - one where our government does not guarantee success to everyone, but rather simply guarantees that every individual is given the opportunity to succeed.