Harry Reid, one of the Senate’s longest serving majority leaders and a Democrat who played a central role in enacting President Obama’s biggest legislative accomplishments, died Tuesday at 82.
Reid served as majority leader from 2006 to 2014 before retiring from politics in 2017 as one of the most influential and powerful Democratic leaders ever to serve in Washington.
He was elected Senate Democratic Whip in 1998 and Senate Democratic leader in 2004, and became majority leader when Democrats took over the House and Senate at the height of public frustration with the Iraq war.
Former US president, Barrack Obama posted on social media on Tuesday a letter he had written to Reid:
“You were a great leader in the Senate, and early on you were more generous to me than I had any right to expect”
What happened to Harry Reid’s eye?
Reid suffered broken ribs and facial bones and injuring an eye in an accident while exercising at home.
What disease did Harry Reid have?
He battled with pancreatic cancer for years.