The City of Las Vegas and the State of Nevada are mourning the loss of former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Mr. Reid died yesterday, after a reported four year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82 years old. The prominent political figure hailed from Searchlight, Nevada, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas.
Two weeks before his passing, Las Vegas’s major airport, McCarran International Airport, was renamed to Harry Reid International Airport.
Aside from his 30 years in the United States Senate, from 1987 to 2017, Mr. Reid was also a United States Congressman, Lieutenant Governor of Nevada and Chair of the Nevada Gaming Commission.
Outside of public service, Senator Reid was, in his early years, an amateur boxer. In 2018, he was inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, during a ceremony at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Mr. Reid was unable to attend the gala and sent in a thank you video speech.
CYInterview was on hand that evening [see here] and wrote this about the Senator, “Former United States Senator Harry Reid sent along a video message to the crowd about his love for the sport. He revealed that owing to doctor’s orders, he could not make this year’s ceremony and planned to be at the 2019 edition of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Harry Reid’s family, friends and colleagues, along with the entire State of Nevada.