‘Deeply good man from Searchlight’: Democratic leaders pay tribute to Harry Reid in Nevada

Reid is widely seen as the most powerful and influential politician from Nevada, having turned the Republican state into a Democratic stronghold that has been blue in every presidential election since 2004.

“Without Harry, there would be no Affordable Care Act,” Obama said, acknowledging that the Reed family grew up without health insurance.

“When Harry put everything he had into the ACA pass, he didn’t do it to deliver his own legacy,” he said. “He did it for the people back home, families like him who needed someone to look out for. No one else was like that.”

Former President Reid is also remembered as a fighter, both in his political career and as an amateur boxer.

“Hardship made steel in Harry,” Obama said. “He inherited a fighting spirit that, despite his significantly small size, demonstrated his success in the boxing ring.”

Obama said the leaders of both parties made up a “good, monotonous team.” “I couldn’t have asked for a better, more honest friend,” he added.

Biden spoke of Reid’s loyalty, dedication, and devotion as a public service, having served with Reid during his time in the Senate and serving with him as Vice President.

Biden said the two were “true friends” despite their different backgrounds and religions.

“Harry has always been there for you,” Biden said. “Harry was mine and he knew I was on his side.”

Biden said Reade “led the Democratic caucus not just by speaking but by listening,” and touted his sense of duty rather than his desire to be the center of attention.

“It was proof that nothing is normal in America,” Biden said. “It’s proof that average Americans can get half a chance.”

“There is no room for doubt,” Biden added. “Harry Reid will be considered one of the greatest Senate Majority Leaders in United States history.”

Schumer Breed called his Senate friend and mentor, saying the former majority leader was “unique,” and spoke of his generosity and friendship.

“He was tough as fingernails, a fighter to the core, but he was also one of the most sympathetic individuals you could ever imagine.”

In her remarks, Pelosi said Reid was a “talling giant of public service” and praised him for his dedication to serving his constituents.

“He did everything he could to make sure the voices of Nevadan were heard,” she said.

Pelosi said Reid would be remembered for his kindness to his colleagues, his staff, and anyone he met at the Capitol.

“For his great legislative accomplishments, his most enduring public legacy will be that he was well-liked,” Pelosi said. “A word that is not often used to describe political candidates…because he treated everyone with respect and dignity.”

The meeting was attended by Republican Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri and Richard Shelby of Alabama. There was also Vice President Kamala Harris.

Reed’s roots originated from the small town of Searchlight in southern Nevada. He eventually left the state to study at Southern Utah University, Utah State University, and then went to George Washington University to study law. He worked as a police officer for the Capitol while at law school, before returning to Nevada to join the state assembly.

Reed was elected to the House of Representatives in 1982, and won his Senate seat in 1986. He served for 30 years, becoming the longest-serving member of the Senate from Nevada by the time he retired in 2017. Reed is survived by his wife of 62 years and Landra and their five children and many grandchildren.

Lana Red Barringer, the eldest daughter of Harry and Landra, spoke of her father’s generosity and dedication not only to the service of the state, but also to his family.

“He was always there for our family, making time for whatever was important to us,” she said.

Many speakers remember Reid’s habit of abruptly cutting off phone calls. It’s true, Reed’s son, Liv, said, but the chief was always getting calls from his family.

“As busy as he has been in the Senate, speaking with a head of state, whatever—my father has always taken our calls,” he said. “And he never made us feel busy, and he never had time to give us a moment to help us.”

As the head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, M. Russell Ballard.

Ballard said Reed embodied the Bible verse Matthew 25:40 – “Verily I tell you, whatever you’ve done to one of these little brothers and sisters, you’ve done it for me.”

“Harry cared less about those — those who were less fortunate, hungry, sick, and those who faced a number of challenges,” Ballard said.

Rock band Brandon Flowers of Las Vegas The Killers performed “Be Still” and “Home Means Nevada”. The Killers played in several events of Reid’s campaign and Reid’s son, Leif, said The Killers were “the last musical request he ever made”.

Singer-songwriter Carole King also performed her song “In the Name of Love”.

Reed died on December 28 at the age of 82 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

After the funeral, Reed’s body will be flown to Washington, D.C., where he will be in the state at the US Capitol on January 12. Pelosi called the honor “a fitting tribute to a historic patriot American.”

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