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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 1

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Jim Reed

Taxpayer's Advocate
59,665 votes (28.3%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Permanent Funding of Social Security & Medicare
  • Infrastructure repair & improvement, including roads, bridges, airports and high speed internet
  • Closing Tax Looholes that give special interests favorable tax rates and fails to tax corporations on income earned overseas



Profession:Tax Payers Advocate
Attorney-Senior Partner, Nichols, Catterton, Downing & Reed (1977–current)


MS-Taxation-Golden Gate University BS Electrical Engineering-U.C. Berkeley, JD-San FRancisco Law School (1988)

Community Activities

Past President, Rotary (1984–current)

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Answer from Jim Reed:

We need immigration reform. First we should do a bettter job of tracking people legally entering the country but who over stay their visas. Second, we should expand legal immigration to bring people with high skills into the Country. Finally, we must address the fact that there are over 11 Million undocumented people living in the US who have established roots and have been here for a long time; if they have not committed any serious crimes and are working or otherwise contributing to society, they should pay a fine for the violation of the law, and be allowed to remain in the Country. There must be a path to enventual citizenship.

The political climate in Washington, D.C. has been extremely partisan in recent years. In that kind of atmosphere, what would you do to get things done while in office?
Answer from Jim Reed:

If elected, I am committed to meeting with every Congressional Representitive who will meet with me, regardless of party, in the first 100 days of office. The purpose of the meetings will be to see what middle ground can be reached and develope a relationship that will help get things done in the future.

What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.
Answer from Jim Reed:

In general, what we are doing now is suffricient but we need to work hard on developing intelligence to locate potential terrorists before they act. We also need to extricate ourselves from the Middle East conflicts as our involvement only serve as a catalyst for terrorist recruitment and terrorist acts againsat the US.

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Jim Reed:

The Federal Government needs to invest in infrastructure, including creating aditional water storage. But the investment in infrastructure should not be limited to water storage. We need to invest in conservation, waste water reuse & recycling, and creating new sources of water such as desalination.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $132,609

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Management Companies
Employees of Property Management Companies
Sheet Metal Workers' International Association
Employees of Hagstrom Realty
Employees of Bank of America

More information about contributions

By State:

California 91.81%
District of Columbia 7.28%
Ohio 0.91%

By Size:

Large contributions (85.70%)
Small contributions (14.30%)

By Type:

From organizations (13.89%)
From individuals (86.11%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I consider myself as a Democrat Libertarian. In most ares, Government regulation should only be used when required to stop abuse. Certainly when it comes to the economy and environment, repeated abuse requires careful regulation. In general small businesses are over-regulated and big busiensses are under-regulated.

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