Path To Power
The youngest of 12 children raised by a single mother, Reed spent much of his life in the Corning area. After attending college and law school, he moved back to the area to establish a law office. Reed owns four small businesses, including a real-estate company, mortgage brokerage and his law practice, which collects medical debts and defends drunk drivers. Long active in civic organizations such as Rotary and the BPO Elks, in 2008 and 2009, Reed served in his first elected office as mayor of Corning.
2010 House Campaign
Drawing on Republican establishment support, political action committee donations and tea- party volunteers during his House campaign, Reed raised just over four times the amount of his opponent, Afghanistan veteran and former CIA intelligence officer Matthew Zeller. Reed also loaned his own campaign upwards of $100,000.
Claiming he is not and will not become a career politician, Reed believes in term limits and has vowed not to serve more than six two-year terms.
He opposes the Obama administration's 2010 health-care reform bill and has pledged to help repeal it. He is against repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and has voiced concerns that a change in policy would be disruptive while the U.S. military is engaged in several international conflicts.
During his 2010 House campaign, Reed was endorsed by New York State Senators Jim Alesi, George Winner, and Cathy Young and by former Congressman Randy Kuhl, who represented the 29th district.