Senator Harry Reid, the current minority leader of Democratic Party in the U.S. Senate, will not seek re-election when his term is up in 2016. The 75-year old Nevada lawmaker has served in the Senate since 1987. Beforehand, Reid served as a congressman from Nevada’s 1st District from 1983 to 1987.
Currently, Reid is one of only three senators to serve at least eight years as majority leader. He was nominated for the position by his colleagues in 2005, with his position being taken over as Republicans gained control of the Senate in 2013.
Reid, who suffered serious injuries to his face and eye in a January accident, stated he has been contemplating for months whether or not to keep serving the people of Nevada in the Senate. Though, he stated his decision is not based on the accident in which he was involved, or the fact that he lost his position as majority leader leader after the midterm elections. “I am want to be able to go out at the top of my game,” Reid said.
By Alex Lemieux
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