Longtime Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid dies at age 82

Harry Reid, the long-serving Nevada lawmaker and former Senate majority leader, died Tuesday, three years after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Fox News reported. He was 82.

According to Fox, Reid’s political career began with a stint in the Nevada Assembly lasting from 1969 to 1971. He went on to serve as lieutenant governor of the state from 1971 to 1975.

The then-up-and-coming Reid followed those moves with a successful congressional run in 1982, and his election to the Senate just half a decade later. He ultimately became Senate majority leader in 2007.

“You might learn something”

Reports noted that the veteran Nevada lawmaker was known for directing harsh words at those who displeased him, a trait that even extended to visitors on Capitol Hill.

“In the summertime, because of the high humidity and how hot it gets here, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol,” Reid said at an event at the U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center in 2008, according to Fox.

He also once reportedly told Capitol journalists to “watch the floor more often. You might learn something.”

His outbursts could even get physical at times, which was perhaps unsurprising given his experience as a boxer and former judge with the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Vox recalled that the public official was at one point caught on video by federal agents choking a man who had offered him money, saying, “You son of a b***h, you tried to bribe me!”

Schumer: “My leader, my mentor”

According to The Hill, current Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) put out a statement this week calling Reid “one of the most amazing individuals I’ve ever met.” Schumer added, “He was my leader, my mentor, one of my dearest friends.”

Reid announced he wouldn’t run for re-election to the U.S. Senate ahead of the 2016 race and “tapped Schumer to succeed him in May of 2015,” according to The Hill.

Reid is survived by his wife, Landra, and five children.

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