U.S. Senator from Rhode Island
John Francis “Jack” Reed was born in November 1945 in Cranston, Rhode Island. He graduated from La Salle Academy and the United States Military Academy at West Point. After graduating, he spent several years in active duty military service. He earned the Ranger Tab and was a paratrooper. He earned a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, then returned to West Point as an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences.
He left active duty after attaining the rank of captain. He then served in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring as major. After leaving active duty, Reed earned a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He entered private practice first in Washington, D.C., afterward returning to Rhode Island.
He was elected as a state senator and served three terms. Reed was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving six years. He has been a member of the United States Senate since assuming office in January 1997.
He is married to Julia Hart and they have one daughter. He is a Roman Catholic.
In the News…
The Senate Armed Services Committee will include in its annual defense policy bill a fund meant to counter China in the Indo-Pacific region.
In an op-ed published on the national security commentary website War on the Rocks, panel Chairman Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and ranking member Jack Reed of Rhode Island, said: The initiative will also reassure U.S. allies and partners, and send a strong signal to the Chinese Communist Party that the American people are committed to defending U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific.”
Their joint support increases the already favorable odds for some form of the fund becoming law in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act.
The fund would also increase U.S. security assistance to allies and partners in the region, from whom Inhofe and Reed said they “hear over and over again … that they are hedging their bets for the future because they don’t know if they can count on the United States.”
“The Pacific Deterrence Initiative will not be a panacea. It will not solve every military problem America faces in the Indo-Pacific, let alone the numerous non-military challenges the United States faces there,” they concluded. “But it is an essential step to reorganize U.S. thinking and resources around the key priorities for the joint force, and restore the credibility of American deterrence in the Indo-Pacific. The Pacific Deterrence Initiative will help ensure that America’s adversaries know that whether it’s today or tomorrow, there will never be a good day to test America’s military.”
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The Honorable Jack Reed
Senator from Rhode Island
728 Hart Senate Office Building
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