Mostly Credited As: Harry Reid
Sometimes Credited As: Senator Harry Reid
The Screw-up from Searchlight
Birth Name: Harry Mason Reid
Date Of Birth: December 02, 1939 (Age 76)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Searchlight, Nevada
Democratic Senator from Nevada who was selected as Majority Leader after the Democrats gained control of the United States Senate in the 2006 elections. Although Reid was a moderate for much of his political career, he has taken a huge turn leftward in his views and policies since rising to a position of leadership in the Democratic party leading some to conclude that he's nothing but a puppet for the far left elements of his party. Reid's tenure as Majority Leader has been marked by extreme partisanship and inability to get any meaningful legislation passed. This has led to all-time low approval ratings of 9% for Congress.
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Is of the Mormon religious faith.
Participated in several controversial land deals in his home state of Nevada.
Nicknamed "the Screw-up from Searchlight" by his home state Las Vegas newspaper.
Once referred to Barack Obama as a light-skinned Afro-American who lacks a Negro dialect in his speech patterns unless he decides to use one. Reid apologized to Obama for his remarks.
Character based on Reid was portrayed by Dick Smothers in the 1995 film Casino.
Named to the Nevada Gaming Hall of Fame in 2001.
Son Rory recently announced his candidacy for governorship of Nevada in 2010.
Still maintains his primary residence in his hometown of Searchlight, NV.
Once said that more men beat their wives during times of economic downturn.
Son Rory was overwhelmingly defeated in his bid for Nevada governor in 2010.
Harry Reid Quotes
Reid: I can't stand John McCain.
Reid: In the summertime, you can literally smell the tourists coming into the Capital.
Reid: The surge has failed. The war is lost.
Reid: Today is a big day in America. Only 36,000 people lost their jobs which is really good.