Posted: 8:26 am Friday, March 27th, 2015
By Jamie Dupree
In a major retirement announcement, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) revealed on Friday morning that he would not run for another term in the Senate in 2016, thanking voters of his home state for the chance to represent them since the late 1970’s.
“I want the people of the state of Nevada to know that I am so grateful,” Reid said.
My life’s work has been to make Nevada and our nation better. Thank you for giving me that wonderful opportunity. https://t.co/dwy2rDWYhO
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) March 27, 2015
“I have had time to ponder and to think,” Reid said, alluding to his time recovering from his workout accident earlier this year.
“We’ve got to be more concerned about the country, the Senate, the state of Nevada than ourselves,” Reid said in his video.
Reid’s injuries included the loss of vision in one of his eyes; he’s had several surgeries since the January accident, but shown no signs of quitting, as most Capitol Hill reporters had all but stopped asking in recent weeks if Reid would run again.
Reaction to the news was swift from Democrats in the Senate:
What a huge loss Harry Reid’s retirement will be to the Senate. Harry is such a fighter and has been such a good friend to me.
— Senator Chris Coons (@ChrisCoons) March 27, 2015
I’ve known Harry Reid for 30+ yrs and since the day I met him, he’s given every bit of his energy & devotion to his job and loving family.
— Sen. Barbara Boxer (@SenatorBoxer) March 27, 2015
Reid’s decision means that four U.S. Senators have already decided not to run for re-election in 2016, three Democrats and one Republican.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.