April 13, 2024

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Former United States Senator Harry Reid has died at the age of 82

File image: Newly elected Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks at a news conference on November 16, 2004 at the Senate Radio and TV Gallery in the US Capitol, Washington. REUTERS / Shaun Heasley SH / JRB / File Photo

The announcement was made in the early hours of the night three days after the end of the year, his wife Senator Harry ReidThe whole country was taken by surprise.

With a broken heart I announce the passing of my husband Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Surrounded by his family after a four-year heroic struggle against pancreatic cancer, he died peacefully this afternoon.”, The statement said Landra Reid.

Senator (Dem) Harry Reid introduced a bill (AFP)
Senator (Dem) Harry Reid introduced a bill (AFP)

With a humble appearance, Reid has always stood out for his brilliance, earning a law degree from one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Georgetown In the city of Washington. After graduation, he took his first steps in politics, which would be crowned a career One of the most important seats in the Senate since 1986.

He has five children and his wife, and he has been married since 1959.

Hailing from the small town of Churchlight in Nevada, He became the most influential politician who bestowed that status, Managing to be He was the leader of the Democratic majority in the upper house of the legislature for eight years.

As he said in his memoirs, the house where he was born in 1939 did not even have water. His mother knew how to wash clothes and earn money for brothels, and his father worked as a miner..

Former U.S. Senator Harry Reed is pictured on stage at the First in the West event on November 17, 2019 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.  REUTERS / Carlo Allegri
Former U.S. Senator Harry Reed is pictured on stage at the First in the West event on November 17, 2019 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. REUTERS / Carlo Allegri

He was able to go to Utah State University to thank the scholarship he received for his physical performance as an amateur boxer. After graduating from the prestigious Georgetown University to study law, he continued to serve as a police officer in the Congress Guard.

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After graduating in law, he returned to his native Nevada in 1971 He became the youngest deputy governor in the history of the state. Nevada won a second congressional district in the 1980 census, for which Reid contested and won. He was a state representative in Washington for the state of Nevada until 1986, when a vacancy was opened for the Senate to represent his state. Reid won that race and won re-election following that.

From then until and until his retirement in 2017, he rose through the ranks of Democrats in the political spheres of the Senate. Leader of his party between 2005 and 2017 When Democrats were in the majority and in the Senate when they were in the minority.


Loved and hated, Reid has always played the role of a tough politician. He publicly called the former president a “loser and a liar.” George W. Bush. Many years later, he vowed to meet Bush at the White House every day Donald J. Trump.

He was accused of deepening the divide between Democrats and Republicans. Some say he has no problem lying. During the re-election campaign Barack ObamaIn 2012, he indicted the then-Republican candidate without proof. Mitt Romney, Not paying your taxes. When asked later if he regretted the allegation, he promised no.After all, it helped me to lose the election”.

But he is also recognized as one He was a staunch fighter for social rights and one of the main promoters of immigration reform. He received great support from the large Latin community in his state.

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He said to himself, One of his biggest achievements was pushing then-Senator Barack Obama to run for president. Many believe the Obama campaign would not be possible without Wright’s support.

After retiring, in 2018 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A year later, he declared that he had overcome the disease, but eventually achieved metastasis.

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