Who is Tom Reed's wife Jean Reed? Love story and 25-year marriage of New York Rep amid sexual misconduct scandal
After former lobbyist Nicolette Davis accused Republican Rep Tom Reed of sexual misconduct allegations, he released a statement claiming that he had not heard of them before the Washington Post article that was published last week. In recent developments, this past Sunday, March 21, Reed said that he takes "full responsibility" for the allegations and further said that he would not be running for office in 2022 after his Congress term ends.
According to reports, Reed said, "I hear her voice and will not dismiss her. In reflection, my personal depiction of this event is irrelevant. Simply put, my behavior caused her pain, showed her disrespect and was unprofessional. I was wrong, I am sorry, and I take full responsibility."
Amid the horrific scandal, let's take a look at what really happened and his personal life.
Who is Tom Reed?
One of 12 children raised by Tom Sr. and Betty Barr Reed – a decorated war veteran of both World War II and Korea – Tom Reed was raised in Corning, NY. He studied at All Saints Academy, Corning East High School, and is a 1989 graduate of Horseheads High School. In 1993, he graduated from Alfred University with a degree in Political Science.
A bio on his official website elaborates on his early life and reads: "While at Alfred, Tom also was captain of the men’s swim team, and was an ‘All American’ athlete during his career. During his academic and athletic career, he fell in love with his now wife Jean. Jean was a student at Alfred as well, who graduated with BA in Biology and AAS in Medical Lab Technology."
Later, when Tom started working in Rochester, NY, his wife Jean worked three jobs, including at Strong Memorial Hospital and waitressing, while he studied for the bar exam and they started their family. In 1999, they returned to his hometown of Corning.
What is the sexual assault scandal?
Nicholette Davis revealed to the Post that back in 2017, Reed was intoxicated at a Minneapolis pub and put his hand on her back and then outside her blouse, before unhooking her bra and moving his hand up her thigh. Davis revealed in the article that she had even texted a friend and coworker that a "drunk congressman" was rubbing her back. She had also asked for help from the person right next to her, saying that that person had pulled Reed away and taken him out of the restaurant.
Reed said that the incident had taken place when he was suffering from alcoholism. "This occurred at a time in my life in which I was struggling. Upon entering treatment in 2017, I recognized that I am powerless over alcohol." Tom was elected to serve New York’s 29th district in 2010, and took office in the 111th Congress, with his first full year term beginning on January 5, 2011.
"I am now approaching four years of that personal lifelong journey of recovery. This is in no way an excuse for anything I've done. Consistent with my recovery, I publicly take ownership of my past actions, offer these amends and humbly apologize again to Ms Davis, my wife and kids, loved ones, and to all of you," Reed added.
Who is Tom Reed's wife Jean?
The attorney and politician has been married to Jean Reed since 1996 and the couple shares two children Autumn and Will together. Before Reed was a part of Congress, he was the mayor of Corning, which is the town that he was raised in and now lives in with his family in a home that was built by his grandfather. While there isn't much information on Jean, it seems that the family is tight-knit although Jean has not commented on her husband's allegations as of now.
While Reed's Instagram showcases his political and social agenda, he also posts pictures with his family sometimes — the only glimpse the public gets into his family life.
One of his posts is that of his wife and him on Instagram for Valentine's day which he captioned, "Wishing everyone a Happy Valentines Day, especially my wonderful wife Jean!" Back in March 2019, Reed also took to Facebook to praise his wife posting a throwback picture with the caption, "My wife Jean is a strong and loving mother to our kids, Autumn and Will, and an amazing example of how powerful women can be. #InternationalWomensDay."