Harry Reid is a well-known American politician who is best known as the United States Senator from the state of Nevada. He was the Senator from 1987 to 2017. Reid came from the Democratic Party and was the leader of Senate Democrats. In 1986, he won the elections in the U.S. Senate. He is only one of the three Senators to have completed eight years as a Majority Leader.
Harry Mason Reid was born on December 2, 1939, in Searchlight, Nevada to his parents Inez Orena Reid and Harry Vincent Reid. His father committed suicide in 1972.
Reid went to Basic High School and was a boxer, and also used to play football. For his college, he first went to Southern Utah University and later attended Utah State University. He has also got his minor in economics from the School of Commerce and Business Administration, Utah. Following that, he earned his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
In 1959, Harry Reid got married to Landra Gould, who was his girlfriend from high school. The couple has five children named Rory, Lana, Key, Leif, and Josh.
He co-chairs the board of selectors of the ‘Jefferson Awards for Public Service’.
Harry Reid was working with the U.S. Capitol Police when he was at the George Washington University Law School. Following that he became the Henderson, city attorney. In 1968, he was elected to the Nevada Assembly from the Clark County which is the fourth district.
In 1970, he became the running mate of Mike O’Callaghan for the Lieutenant Governor of Nevada. From 1971 to 1974, he became Nevada’s lieutenant governor. In 1977, Harry Reid became Nevada Gaming Commission’s chairman. He held the post till 1981.
In 1982, he won the nomination of the 1st district, which is in Las Vegas and also went on to win the general election. From 1983 to 1987, Reid served for two terms in the House. In 1986, he won the Democratic nomination against Senator Paul Laxalt from the Republican Party. He also defeated Congressman Jim Santini.
He won the re-election in 1992. He defeated John Ensign in 1998. In the 2004 elections, he sweeps the polls with 61 per cent votes. In January 2017, he surpassed Sen. John P. Jones and became Nevada’s longest-serving Senator.
Awards & Achievements
One of the biggest career achievements of Harry Reid is to be the longest-serving US Senator from the state of Nevada. He has held several positions in his political career. He was assigned to the Ex officio Select Committee on Intelligence and was also assigned to the Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
Net Worth & Salary of Harry Reid
Harry Reid has an estimated net worth of more than $12 million. He made this fortune as his regular salary from his political career. He has held several important positions and was the Senate Majority Leader as well as the Senate Majority Whip.
Harry Reid is considered one of the most popular politicians in the United States. He has won many elections and has also defeated his opponent with a very high number of votes. He has also won leadership elections has been the Senate Democratic Leader since 2004. His popularity has made him take several important decisions on immigration and Iraq War. He voted in favour of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act in 1994. He has also supported the death penalty, and has voted in favour of the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act”.