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Birthdate: April 21, 1961
Birth Place: Milton, MA, United States
Residence: Peachtree Corners, GA
Steve Reilly was born in Milton, Mass., but has called Gwinnett County, Ga., home since he was a teen. He currently resides in Peachtree Corners. He received a bachelor's degree from Mercer College and a law degree from the University of Georgia.
Reilly has practiced law in Lawrenceville since 1990, following four years as a military attorney in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. He left the Army with the rank of captain.
He is a partner in the law firm of Andrew, Merritt, Reilly & Smith, a general services firm.
Reilly and his wife, Cathy, have two children.
Steve Reilly already goes against the grain as an active Democrat in Gwinnett County, so it's not much of a leap for him to take on heavily favored Republican Rep. Rob Woodall in Georgia's 7th Congressional District. The 2012 campaign is his first try for elected office.
Woodall, who won two-thirds of the vote in the 2010 general election, is seeking his second term.
Reilly served as chairman of the Gwinnett County Democratic Party from 1996 to 2002, and he is now a member of the Georgia Democratic State Committee.
Reilly says he is running against Woodall to bring a "sensible center" back to a Congress that has become increasingly partisan and deadlocked over the last decade. He takes particular aim at what he calls Republican intransigence toward the White House.
"We have to challenge those in Congress who are more preoccupied with undermining President Obama and gaining power, rather than pursuing good, sound governance," he says on his campaign website.
Reilly defends President Barack Obama's stewardship of the economy. Like the president, he calls for increasing the top marginal income tax rates back to the levels they were when President George W. Bush took office. He assails Bush for presiding over two foreign wars while cutting income taxes, thus helping explode the national debt.
"No mainstream economist suggests that responsible deficit reduction can be accomplished without some increase in tax revenue," he says.
To address the deficit and debt, Reilly calls for "some variation" of the Simpson-Bowles Commission recommendations. That panel recommended a range of tax hikes, spending reductions and significant changes to programs like Social Security and Medicare. Congress and Obama have not acted on those ideas.
Source: Associated Press
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