On Tuesday, Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate Majority Leader, died at the age of 82. In 2018, his doctors diagnosed him with pancreatic cancer. The senator served in Congress from 1983 to 2017, when he announced political retirement. In 2019, Reid publicly said that his cancer was in remission.
From 2007 to 2015, he served as Senate Majority Leader from the Democratic party. In 2013, he became famous for using the nuclear option, leading the charge to end the filibusterer on judicial nominees and administrator branch nominees other than to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Flags at the Capitol are at half-mast in honor of the passing of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The 82-year-old died yesterday after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. @mitchellreports has more. pic.twitter.com/XNruRWigOB
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 29, 2021
The responsibility of Reid for the nuclear option is not without sarcasm. In December 1987, the Nevada Democratic leader found himself before the Senate Rules Committee as a newcomer senate member. Furthermore, in 1969, the senator has initially elected office and served the Nevada Assembly until 1971.
Afterward, he served as Lieutenant Governor of Nevada from 1971 to 1975 before serving the first district of Nevada in the United States House of Representatives in 1982. In 1987, he was first elected to the Senate. He consistently kicked his own party of the Roe v. Wade issue, which he believed should be reversed.
Reid Played a Central to Push President Obama Agenda
He played a crucial role while pushing the agenda of former Democratic President Barack Obama’s plan to lead the charge to unite all sixty members of the Democratic caucus in support of the Affordable Act in 2009. Yet, during the press sessions in 2008, he scolds journalists for not seizing the nuances of a legislative approach on energy legislation.
Moreover, the Nevada lawmaker warned the scribes to watch the floor more often. After some minutes, another reporter still was not clear on the procedural plan of Reid. Reid asked the reporter if she spoke English and asked whether she was hard of hearing. He criticized the reporter, turn up your Miracle-Ear.
The former U.S. President, Bill Clinton, called Reid a clever and tough negotiator who was never scared to make an unfamous decision if it meant getting something done right for the United States. In 2007, after he was elected as Senate Majority Leader, Reid was attributed to putting Nevada on the political map by pushing to move the caucuses of the state to February.
In addition, he voted against most gun-controlled bills in 2013. On the other side, he enjoyed backing from environmentalists on several issues, gaining praise for turning Nevada from one of the states with the minimum federally protected backwoods to one of the most during his tenancy as a senator.
Following his prolonged farewell address on the Senate floor in 2016, GOP Dean Heller declared that it’s better to be feared than loved if you can’t be both. Further, she added that no one in U.S. politics personifies that sentiment more than Nevada Senator Reid.