Messages of remembrance poured in on Tuesday after former Senate Majority Chief Harry Reid died at 82 after a years-long battle with most cancers.
Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, entered politics as an outsider who grew up in excessive poverty and rose to change into probably the most highly effective figures within the get together. He served as Nevada’s U.S. senator from 1987 to 2017, main the Democratic Nationwide Caucus from 2005 till his retirement.
“Senator Harry Reid was a real lion of the Senate. He was as robust as they arrive. A terrific man, and an awesome chief,” DNC chair Jaime Harrison (D-S.C.) mentioned in a press release. “Whereas we misplaced an American icon, his reminiscence won’t be forgotten ― and my hope is that we are able to try to emulate his management and observe in his footsteps to create a greater nation for all.”
Reid was additionally the Senate majority chief from 2007 to 2015 earlier than changing into minority chief when Republicans gained management of the chamber. As chief, he helped usher in main laws together with the Inexpensive Care Act ― one thing that appeared not possible to cobble collectively sufficient votes for if it hadn’t been for Reid.
“The character of Harry’s and my jobs introduced us into frequent and typically intense battle over politics and coverage. However I by no means doubted that Harry was at all times doing what he earnestly, deeply felt was proper for Nevada and our nation,” Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) mentioned in a press release.
“When Harry retired from the Senate, we each celebrated the truth that our many variations had by no means actually gotten private. Harry’s and my paths within the Senate have been roughly parallel,” McConnell added. “We appeared to succeed in every institutional milestone inside only a few years of one another. I actually appreciated the honest and cordial relationship we shared behind the scenes when passions cooled.”
Barack Obama, who was president whereas Reid was Senate majority chief, mentioned Tuesday that Landra Reid requested those that have been near her husband to share letters that she might learn to him in his final days. Obama launched his letter in lieu of a press release:
“I bought the information that the well being scenario has taken a tough flip, and that it’s laborious to speak on the telephone. Which, let’s face it, isn’t that large of a change trigger you by no means preferred to speak on the telephone anyway!” Obama wrote.
“Right here’s what I would like you to know. You have been an awesome chief within the Senate, and early on you have been extra beneficiant to me than I had any proper to count on. I wouldn’t have been president had it not been on your encouragement and help, and I wouldn’t have gotten most of what I bought completed with out your talent and dedication,” he continued. “Most of all, you’ve been a great pal. As completely different as we’re, I feel we each noticed one thing of ourselves in one another ― a few outsiders who had defied the chances and knew take a punch and cared concerning the little man. And you recognize what, we made for a fairly good group.
“Get pleasure from your loved ones, and know you might be beloved by lots of people, together with me. The world is best reason for what you’ve completed. Not dangerous for a thin, poor child from Searchlight.”
President Joe Biden identified Reid’s early boxing profession and the toughness it lent to his politics:
Tributes got here from each side of the aisle and spanned the generations with which he served and later mentored.