WASHINGTON – Chautauqua County’s representative in Congress has been selected to be a vice chair for president-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.
Corning Republican Tom Reed, who represents Chautauqua County as part of New York’s 23rd Congressional District, said in a news release that he was humbled to be selected.
“We are both honored and humbled to be selected as a Vice-Chair for President-Elect Trump’s transition team. We care about the future of our country and recognize that this is a massive undertaking at a pivotal moment in our history. It’s only right that we remain committed to bringing our best efforts to the table to make our country strong and prosperous. We are glad to serve the alongside those on the team and look forward to getting to work.” Tom Reed.
Reed also held a special media conference call with reporters on Thursday morning to further discuss the appointment.
Reed was an early supporter of Trump. In a debate before the election, he said he supported Trump because he offered the best chance of “disrupting” Washington, D.C. He was the second New York congressman to support Trump, after Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence, NY-27). Collins was also selected to be on Trump’s executive committee.
Reed was first elected in 2010, and he won reelection to a fourth term last month, beating out democratic candidate John Plumb. Reed has represented Chautauqua County since 2013, after redistricting created the state’s new 23rd congressional district, which stretches across the Southern Tier of the state and includes Chautauqua County.