Reed, a Democrat, is a senator from Rhode Island and has served since Jan 7, 1997. Reed is next up for reelection in 2020.
He was previously the representative for Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district (1991-1996).
Read our 2016 Report Card for Reed.
Reed is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Reed has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
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John “Jack” Reed sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Armed Services
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Airland
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Personnel
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on SeaPower
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
- Ex Officio, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of Defense
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
- Member, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection
- Member, Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
- Member, Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment
Reed was the primary sponsor of 18 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2835 (114th): A bill to amend the National Dam Safety Program Act to establish a program to provide grant assistance for the rehabilitation and repair of high hazard potential ...
- S. 354 (114th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 820 Elmwood Avenue in Providence, Rhode Island, as the “Sister Ann Keefe Post ...
- S. 2141 (113th): Sunscreen Innovation Act
- S. 2289 (112th): Better Pharmaceuticals and Devices for Children Act of 2012
- S. 1333 (112th): Layoff Prevention Act of 2011
- S. 3984 (111th): Museum and Library Services Act of 2010
- S. 3258 (111th): Modernizing and Strengthening Investor Protection Act of 2010
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Reed sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Education (25%) Finance and Financial Sector (20%) Health (16%) Labor and Employment (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Taxation (7%) Housing and Community Development (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%)
Some of Reed’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2028: Protect Student Borrowers Act of 2017
- S. 2029: ACTION for National Service Act
- S. 1912: Corporate Management Accountability Act of 2017
- S. 1828: Weekend Voting Act
- S. 1694: Educator Preparation Reform Act
- S. 1674: School Building Improvement Act of 2017
- S. 1651: Layoff Prevention Act of 2017
|Reed’s Vote||Vote Description|
On the Nomination PN1095: Kirstjen Nielsen, of Virginia, to be Secretary of Homeland Security
Dec 5, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 62/37.
On the Nomination PN43: Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Jan 23, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 66/32.
This vote confirmed Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS4), a three-term Congressman first elected in 2010, as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. * * * Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS4), a three-term Congressman first elected in 2010, was President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as CIA Director. ...
H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
S. 3240 (112th): Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012
Jun 21, 2012. Bill Passed 64/35.
H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
H.R. 6124 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Jun 18, 2008. Veto Overridden 80/14.
H.R. 2419 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Dec 14, 2007. Bill Passed 79/14.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill) was a $288 billion, five-year agricultural policy bill that was passed into law by the United States Congress ...
From Jan 1997 to Dec 2017, Reed missed 35 of 6,547 roll call votes, which is 0.5%. This is better than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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