Jack Reed

Ben Cardin





VOTING RECORD: Project Vote Smart, Govtrack US



PARTY: Democrat

BORN: 11/12/1949

EDUCATION: United States Military Academy; Harvard University


FAMILY: Married, 1 Child 

RELIGION: Roman Catholic


  • U.S House of Representatives (1991-1997)
  • U.S Senator (1997-current) 


  • Committee on Armed Services - Chair
  • Committee on Appropriations
  • Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • Select Committee on Intelligence

Elected: 1996



  • Cosponsored U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act which states that Israel is a major strategic partner of the United States and directs the U.S. to engage in cooperative activities with Israel in the areas such as water, energy, agriculture and homeland security
  • Supported U.S. funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defense program
  • Supported a resolution expressing vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders
  • Supported U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Act which encourages cooperation between the U.S. and Israel for energy research and development which will help both countries


  • Earned a 100 percent pro-choice rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Supports Roe v. Wade
  • Supports Affordable Care Act’s contraception insurance coverage policy
  • Voted against the Blunt Amendment, also known as the Birth Control Refusal Law, which would have allowed any employer to refuse to cover contraception or any health service required under the health reform law for virtually any reason
  • Supported increased funding for women’s health services, which includes Title X family planning programs


In His Own Words

“I stand by Israel’s right to defend its citizens against rocket and mortar attacks by Hamas from Gaza, which have killed and injured many Israelis over the last several years. I also believe that Israel, like all states, has an obligation to restore security for its residents.” 1

“The threat of a nuclear-armed Iran is one of the most pressing national security issues facing our nation and our close ally Israel." 2 

SOURCES: 1) Constituent Letter, January 4, 2009, 2) www.reed.senate.gov

Interesting Facts

Reed is one of eight Senators in U.S. history to graduate from West Point.

He served in the 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantry Platoon Leader, a Company Commander, and a Battalion Staff Officer.