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Former US Senate majority leader Harry Reid dies at 82

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, accompanied by Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 22, 2014, to discuss immigration reform. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) AP

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.”

 

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