Keynote Speaker: Bruce Reed
The Idaho State Bar is pleased to announce Bruce Reed as our 2013 Keynote Speaker.
Mr. Reed is Chief of Staff to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and a former CEO of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). A native of Coeur d’Alene, he is the son of Idaho State Bar Distinguished Lawyer Scott Reed and former Idaho State Senator Mary Lou Reed. He attended Princeton University, graduating in 1982, and earned a master’s degree in English Literature from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Mr. Reed served as chief speechwriter for Tennessee Senator Al Gore from 1985 to 1989. He was founding editor of the DLC magazine, The New Democrat and served as policy director of the DLC from 1990 to 1991 under DLC Chairman and Governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton. In 1992, he was deputy campaign manager for policy of the Clinton-Gore presidential campaign. During the Clinton presidency, Mr. Reed served as chief domestic policy advisor and director of the Domestic Policy Council, and helped to write the 1996 welfare reform law known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act.
In 2006, Mr. Reed and (now Illinois Governor) Rahm Emanuel co-authored “The Plan: Big Ideas for America.” In the spring of 2010, Mr. Reed took a leave of absence from the DLC to become Executive Director of U.S. President Barack Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. On January 14, 2011 he was named to his current role as Chief of Staff to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.