Longtime Nevada politician Harry Reid has died aged 82


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Harry Reid, the longest-serving senator in Nevada history, died on Tuesday at the age of 82.

His wife, Landra, issued the following statement announcing the death of her husband:

“I am heartbroken to announce the passing of my husband, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He passed away peacefully this afternoon, surrounded by our family, after a courageous four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Harry was 82. We have been married for 62 years.

“We are so proud of the legacy he leaves behind both nationally and in his beloved Nevada. Harry was deeply touched to see his decades of service in Nevada honored in recent weeks with the renaming of the Las Vegas airport in his honor.

“Harry was a dedicated family man and a deeply loyal friend.

“We greatly appreciate the outpouring of support from so many over the past few years. We are especially grateful to the doctors and nurses who treated him. Please know that it meant the world to him.

“The terms of the funeral will be announced in the coming days.”

One of the most influential figures in Nevada political history, Reid represented the Silver State as a Democrat for 30 years before his retirement in 2016 and was Senate Majority Leader from 2007 to 2015.

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Its legacy includes decades of political impact and recognition. More recently, Las Vegas Airport was renamed Harry Reid International Airport in his honor.

“To say that Harry Reid was a giant does not fully sum up all he has accomplished on behalf of the state of Nevada and for the families of Nevada; there will never be another leader like Senator Reid,” he said. Governor Steve Sisolak said in response to the news. of the death of the former senator.

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FILE – Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid of Nevada discusses Tuesday’s election results at a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, November 8, 2006. Reid, the former Senate Majority Leader and Nevada’s longest-serving congressman, is dead. He was 82 years old. (AP Photo / Dennis Cook, File)

Born in Searchlight in 1939, Reid began his political career at the age of 28 when he was elected to the State Assembly. He became the youngest lieutenant governor in state history in 1971 at the age of 30. He chaired the Nevada Gaming Commission and served a term in Congress before his Senate career began in 1986.

He was named Senate Majority Leader in 2006 and will lead Senate Democrats until his retirement in 2016.

Prior to his political career, Reid was a lightweight amateur boxer and was eventually inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame in 2018. Observers of Reid’s political tactics have often drawn comparisons between Reid the boxer and Reid the politician: he ” used those boxing instincts. fearlessly fight those who harm the poor and the middle class, ”Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday.

Sisolak said Reid “never forgot who he was or where he came from” and “spent his life and career fighting the good fight for all Nevadans.”

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