Reed sworn in for second term

Derek Ek
U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, is sworn in for his second term in Congress by House Speaker John Boehner while surrounded by family.

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, was sworn in for a second two-year term in Congress on Thursday.

Reed, 41, represents the new 23rd Congressional District, which spans much of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes.

"When I was sworn into Congress for the first time two years ago, I stressed the need to tackle our unsustainable debt and get our financial priorities straight so that we can bring jobs to the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes," Reed said in a statement Thursday. "I'm here today to continue the fight and am optimistic that our freshman – now sophomore class – will continue to lead."

Reed took the oath of office for the 113th Congress on Thursday from House Speaker John Boehner on the floor of the House of Representatives, surrounded by family, including his wife Jean, daughter Autumn and son Will.

Reed defeated his Democratic challenger, Nate Shinagawa of Ithaca, in the November election.

Reed was first elected in November 2010, winning both a special election to fill the last few weeks of the unexpired term of former Rep. Eric Massa, D-Corning, who had resigned; as well as a full term in the general election, defeating Democratic candidate Matt Zeller.