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Senator (Class 2)

Rhode Island

Democratic

Current

starts 01/03/1997

ends in 2015

Biography

John Francis “Jack” Reed (born November 12, 1949) is the senior United States Senator from Rhode Island, serving since 1997. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served in the United States House of Representatives for Rhode Island’s 2nd congressional district from 1991 to 1997.

In 1990, Reed was elected to the United States House of Representatives, receiving 59% of the vote in the general election. For the next six years, Reed focused on education and health care.

In 2008, Reed was mentioned as a potential Vice Presidential running mate for Barack Obama. On 14 July 2008, Reed announced that he was “not interested” in becoming Obama’s running mate.
Reed has consistently been speculated as a possible Secretary of Defense. In late 2010, he turned down an offer from President Obama to succeed Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense. The position was ultimately filled by Leon Panetta. After President Obama was re-elected in 2012, Reed was again mentioned as a possible nominee for Secretary of Defense, as well as for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Once again, he denied interest in either position.

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