LAS VEGAS — Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader and Nevada’s longest-serving member of Congress, has died at home in Henderson, Nevada. He was 82.
Landra Reid says her husband died peacefully Tuesday after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
The combative former boxer-turned-lawyer was widely-acknowledged as one of toughest dealmakers in Congress.
Over a 34-year career in Washington, Reid thrived on behind-the-scenes wrangling and kept the Senate controlled by his party through two presidents, a crippling recession and the Republican takeover of the House after the 2010 elections. He retired in 2016.
President Joe Biden said in a statement after the death of his longtime Senate colleague: “If Harry said he would do something, he did it.”
Former President Barack Obama said Obama called Reid an outsider who “had defied the odds and knew how to take a punch and cared about the little guy.”
Harry Reid was the best. A humble man who never forgot his Searchlight roots. A boxer who had a caring heart. A loyal friend who stood by you through thick and thin. A lucky man who found the love of his life in high school and lived his life with her. https://t.co/qjCEx7plgl
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) December 29, 2021
When Harry Reid was nearing the end, his wife Landra asked some of us to share letters that she could read to him. In lieu of a statement, here’s what I wrote to my friend: pic.twitter.com/o6Ll6rzpAX
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 29, 2021