the former senatorDemocrat Harry Reid of Nevada, who played a major role in President Obama’s most urgent legislative achievements, has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 82. His death was announced by political reporter John Ralston, who called Reed “perhaps the most important elected official in Nevada history”.
“Harry Reid was one of the most amazing men I’ve ever met,” Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (DNY) said in a statement. “He was my leader, my mentor, one of my dearest friends.”
Reid was elected as a Senate Democrat in 1998 and as majority leader from 2006–2014 before exiting politics in 2017. The senator was one of the few politicians who was not afraid to engage in tense discourse on the Senate floor. This earned him a reputation for being divisive. Reid named Chuck Schumer as his successor in May 2017.
According to hill, Senator Reid recently renamed an airport in his honor. “For the rest of my life I have been coming from McCarran Airport, ever since I first boarded a plane, in 1958. This airport has been my gateway to the world,” he said in a statement. “During my 35 years in Washington, I was here a lot. Home means Nevada, and for me the airport was synonymous with home long ago,” he said.
Reed underwent surgery in May to remove a tumor from his pancreas, an operation that left him weak and needed a walker.
In an interview earlier this year, Reid told Times reporter Mark Leibovich With his trademark bluntness, “as soon as you realize you have something on your pancreas, you’re dead.”