Former Senate majority leader and the longest-serving member of Congress for Nevada, Harry Reid, has died at his home in Henderson, Nevada at the age of 82.
According to Breitbart News, Reid passed away “peacefully” while surrounded by his friends at his home after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Reid’s family, including his wife of 62 years, Landra Reid, released a statement about their recently departed family, saying that Reid was “courageous” in his fight against cancer and that they greatly appreciated the support from friends and family:
“Harry was a devout family man and deeply loyal friend,” she said. “We greatly appreciate the outpouring of support from so many over these past few years. We are especially grateful for the doctors and nurses that cared for him. Please know that meant the world to him,” Landra Reid said.
During his 34 years in Washington, Reid was known for his behind-the-scenes negotiation, something that was often attributed to his time not only as an attorney but a former combative boxer.
Reid was thought of as one of the toughest and most effective dealmakers in Congress, something he took to his chamber of Congress, much to the frustration of many lawmakers in both parties.
The former majority leader’s motto was, “I would rather dance than fight, but I know how to fight.”
President Joe Biden, who served with Reid for more than two decades in Congress and the Biden held the position of Vice President, said that Reid met what he believed was the most important measure of a person, that their actions and words were consistent and comparable.
“If Harry said he would do something, he did it. If he gave you his word, you could bank on it. That’s how he got things done for the good of the country for decades,” Biden said in a statement.