Former U.S. Senator from Nevada and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid passed away on Tuesday at the age of 82. Reid had been battling pancreatic cancer.
His wife Landra issued a statement saying that Reid “died peacefully, surrounded by our family…”
Harry Reid represented Nevada in the U.S. Senate for 30 years and served four terms as majority leader. Reid passed away exactly two weeks after McCarran Airport was officially renamed Harry Reid International Airport.
Reid was born and raised in Searchlight, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas. He was elected Nevada lieutenant governor in 1970. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1987.
He retired from the Senate after his last term was up on Jan. 2, 2017.