Tom Reynolds

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Tom Reynolds served the 26th Congressional district of New York

Thomas M. Reynolds was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York who represented the state's 26th Congressional district from 1999-2008 (map).

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Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Rep. Mark Foley congressional page scandal

In October 2006, Reynolds became swept up in the Mark Foley page scandal. In early 2006, Reynolds was informed by Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.) that Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) had engaged in email correspondence with a former congressional page of his which was considered “overfriendly.” Reynolds claimed to have then contacted House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) about the situation. While Hastert originally claimed to have no knowledge of the Foley emails upon his resignation, he later refused to deny that the conversation with Reynolds took place.



Reynolds was born in Belfonte, Pennsylvania September 3, 1950 and he graduated from the Springville-Griffith Institute. Reynolds was elected to the Concord, New York town board in 1974. He was elected to the Erie County legislature in 1982. He was elected to the New York general assembly as a Republican in 1988.

Congressional Career

Reynolds ran for the United States House of Representatives in 1998 after Bill Paxon was forced from office because of his failed attempt to replace Newt Gingrich as Speaker of the House. There was a considerable amount of controversy over this because Reynolds did not live in Paxon's district. Reynolds would not move into the district until eight months after the election when he purchased a home in suburban Clarence.

Reynolds served as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 108th Congress, and is considered a possible candidate to succeed Dennis Hastert as Speaker of the House.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Jack Davis to face Reynolds in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) In a close race, Reynolds defeated Davis, receiving 52% of the vote. [1]


In March 2008, Reynolds announced he would not seek reelection, and would instead retire at the end of 110th Congress. Reynolds' time as head of the National Republican Congressional Committee had come under increased scrutiny due to revelations that a former accountant for the organization allegedly embezzled close to $1 million.[1]

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Tom Reynolds
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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations

Committee assignments in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Chair, Erie County Republican Party, 1990-1996
  • Chair, National Republican Congressional Committee
  • Co-Chair, Republican Israel Caucus
  • Republican Study Committee

Boards and other Affiliations

  • National Republican State Legislators Association, Vice-President, 1992-present
  • American Legion, Concord Post #431
  • Better Business Bureau of Western New York
  • Buffalo Consistory
  • Erie County Agricultural Society
  • Ismalia Temple AAONMS
  • National Rifle Association
  • Shooters Committee Political Education
  • Southtown's Walleye Association
  • Springville Masonic Lodge

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Tom Reynolds. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
332 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5265
Fax: 202-225-5910
Web Email

District Office - Rochester:
1577 West Ridge Road
Rochester, NY 14615
Phone: 585-663-5570
Fax: 585-663-5711

District Office - Williamsville:
500 Essjay Road, Suite 260
Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone: 716-634-2324
Fax: 716-631-7610

Articles and Resources


  1. Jackie Kucinich, "Reynolds announces retirement", The Hill, March 20, 2008

External resources

External articles

Local blogs and discussion sites

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Committees: House Committee on Ways and Means, House Committee on Ways and Means/Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, House Committee on Ways and Means/Subcommittee on Trade,
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November 3, 1998
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January 6, 1999
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New York State Legislature
Other Party Membership: January 3, 2009
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Date of Birth: September 3, 1950