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McCarran Airport is set to be renamed Harry Reid International Airport in recognition of longtime former Democratic Senator Harry Reid. The Clark County Commission approved the name change this week. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Clark County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to rename McCarran Airport after former Nevada Senator Harry Reid. The commission just has to send a request for name change to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA doesn’t have to approve the name change request, but just be notified of the potential change. Once the change is finalized, the airport will be called Harry Reid International Airport. The name change was sponsored by Commissioner Tick Segerbloom, who tried and failed as a state senator in 2017 to have the airport’s name changed to honor Reid. The name change hasn’t been without controversy. The airport was originally named after former Senator Pat McCarran who represented Nevada from 1932 until 1954 and had a checkered history with charges of racism and anti-Semitism. Reid however, is not popular with Republicans and conservatives in the state. Other opponents of the name change say the airport would be better served with a more recognizable and all-encompassing name such as Las Vegas International Airport. Gov. Sisolak and many state officials have expressed support for the change and Reid released a statement thanking the commission for the recognition.

Born in New York City but also consider myself a native of Detroit. Attended college at Michigan State University. Started radio career in Detroit in 1980. Moved to Vegas in 1989. Worked 14 years at KCEP 88.1 before getting hired at Beasley with 105.7 in 2014.