On Friday, Oct. 26, a congressional debate between the two candidates running for the 23rd District of New York will be held at 7 p.m. in Albright Auditorium on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Thomas Reed, a Republican from Corning, is running for reelection against Nate Shinagawa, a Democrat and member of the Tompkins County legislature. Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman will moderate the event. (The debate will be broadcast live on WEOS-FM 89.7 and 90.3, and it can be viewed live at
Reed serves on the Committee on Ways and Means and the Human Resources and Oversight subcommittees. He previously served on the Rules, Judiciary and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.
One of 12 children, he was born and raised in the city of Corning, N.Y., and attended All Saints Academy, Corning East High School, and is a 1989 graduate of Horseheads High School. He graduated from Alfred University in 1993 with a degree in political science. While at Alfred, Reed also was captain of the men’s swim team.
He went on to graduate from the Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1996 and began work in Rochester, N.Y. In 1999, he and his wife returned to his hometown of Corning, where they live with their two children. Reed has served on many community boards in the Corning area. He was elected and served one full term, from 2008 through 2009, as Mayor of the City of Corning.
After opening his private practice, he spent the next 11 years building his law firm and other businesses dealing with real estate and mortgage brokerage. Today, Reed’s businesses employ more than 25 people.
Shinagawa moved to the Finger Lakes region with his family more than a decade ago and remains in the Southern Tier. He has served on the Tompkins County Legislature for more than six years, currently serving as the legislature’s vice chair. He has led the county’s budget and capital committee, government performance and workforce relations committee, and the health and human services committee. He served as a legislative aide to Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton for two years.
For the past three years, Shinagawa has served as an administrator for Robert Packer Hospital.
He has served for the past two years on the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency and the Economic Development Corporation. He has also served on the healthcare subgroup of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council and served as vice chair for the Air Service Board of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.
He is a graduate of Cornell University, where he was a member of the senior honor society Quill and Dagger. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Shinagawa earned a master’s in health administration from Cornell’s Sloan Program.