GENEVA, N.Y.- U.S. Congressman Tom Reynolds will be the fourteenth and final speaker for this academic year's President's Forum series at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. President Mark D. Gearan welcomes Rep. Reynolds (R-NY) to campus at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23, in the Sanford Room in the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the HWS campus. Reynolds will discuss “The Republican Congress: Issues and Agenda.”
An influential political figure for Western New York and the Finger Lakes region, Reynolds was the only freshman in Congress to win coveted posts on the powerful House Rules Committee and as Deputy Majority Whip. After being re-elected to Congress in November 2001, he won a seat on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. Reynolds is “on leave with seniority” from that committee, in order to remain as member of the exclusive House Rules Committee. Prior to his tenure in Congress, Reynolds served in the NYS Assembly where, in 1995, he rose to the post of Assembly Republican Leader. While serving as Chairman of the Assembly Minority Affordable Housing Task Force, he was honored as Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council for his work championing affordable home ownership initiatives.
Reynolds has twice been recognized by Business First Magazine as one of 100 most influential Western New Yorkers, and was the subject of a Buffalo News – Sunday Magazine profile titled “Mr. Clout” which named him Western New York's most powerful politician.
President Gearan commented, “It is an honor to welcome Congressman Reynolds to Hobart and William Smith and the greater campus community. As a major player in the 107th Congress, I am looking forward to hearing his perspective on the road ahead for our region and our nation.”
President Gearan established the President's Forum Series in the winter of 2000 as a way to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with the HWS community and neighbors. For more information on the Forum, visit the web site at http://www.hws.edu/academics/community/presidentsforum/index.asp.