The Democrat leader, who helped maintain Obama’s health care policy, has died after suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Harry Reid, the shy son of a Nevada hard-rock mgodiner who rose from poverty to become a senior US Senate leader and was known to be a dictator during the Washington genocide, died Tuesday. He was 82 years old.
Reid, a former boxer who represented Nevada in the US Congress as a Democrat for more than 30 years, died of lung cancer, his 62-year-old wife, Landra, said in a statement.
“We are very proud of the legacy they leave in the national arena and their beloved Nevada,” said Landra Reid.
As a general leader, Reid served as President Barack Obama’s running mate in the Senate and co-sponsored the signing of the Obamacare bill, known as Obamacare, in 2010 due to strong opposition to Republicans.
Obama on Tuesday sent a recent letter to Reid on social media:
“You were a great leader in the Senate, and in the past you were more generous to me than I should have expected,” Obama wrote in the letter.
“I would not have been president without your encouragement and support, and I would not have had much to do without your skills and determination.”
He rose to prominence in 2007 when Democrats won the Senate.
Despite being a politician who was different from others in his party in terms of abortion, environment, and gun control, Reid has always been at odds with Republicans and maintained good relations with opposition leaders.
“I always like to dance rather than fight but I know how to fight,” Reid said in 2004, referring to his boxing career.
In 2012, Mitch McConnell, a former Republican senator, called Reid “the worst leader in the Senate ever” when Reid accused McConnell of violating the trust on an important issue.
During Reid’s tenure as prime minister, major laws failed because Democrats and Republicans could not defeat him.
His relationship with McConnell was so strained that the Republican leader rejected Reid in key US economic talks and did so with Vice President Joe Biden.
In 2013, tired of the Republican policy of banning elected Obama judges and branch officials, Reid pushed into the Senate a historic change in Senate legislation, barring minority parties from barring presidential candidates except those who have gone to the Supreme Court.
“There have been countless obstacles, unprecedented,” Reid told fellow lawmakers, referring to Republicans. “The Senate is a living thing and in order to survive, it must change as it has in the history of this great country.”
Republicans say the move was a seizure of nudity.
Reid was first elected to the House in 1982 and was sent to the Senate by Nevada voters in 1986.
He showed incredible courage in the face of opposition.
Reid retired in 2016, a year after he broke his ribs and facial bones, as well as injured his eyes in an accident while exercising at home.
Reid and his wife, Landra, had five children.