Harry Reid

Ben Cardin




RACE SUMMARY:  Reid narrowly won his last Senate race even though he lost 14 out of 17 Nevada counties. He will probably face a tough re-election again as right-wing groups target that seat.  As Senate Majority Leader, Reid earned a reputation as a consensus builder.  This approach has helped him gather support to fight for JAC’s issues in the Senate. JAC has supported Reid throughout his Congressional career and will continue to do so.

VOTING RECORD: Project Vote Smart, Govtrack US



Party: Democrat

Born: 12/2/1939

Education: Southern Utah University, Utah Sate University (B.A.); George Washington University Law School (J.D.)

Occupation: Lawyer

Family: Married, five children

Religion: Mormon 

  • Member of the Nevada Assembly (1969-1975) 
  • Lieutenant Governor of Nevada (1971-1975)
  • U.S. Representative (1983-1987)
  • U.S. Senator (1987-Present)

Senate Minority Leader

Elected: 1987




  • Introduced a resolution to enhance strategic cooperation between the United States and Israel

  • Supports increased funding for Israel’s Iron Dome Defense System

  • Supports two-state solution for Mideast peace


  • Supports abortion in cases or rape, incest and life of the mother
  • Supported increased funding for women’s health services, which includes Title X family planning programs
  • Supported Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive insurance coverage policy
  • Voted against the birth control refusal law, which would have allowed religious and moral convictions to be imposed on women’s health programs

In His Own Words

“I stand with Israel, the Congress stands with Israel and America stands with Israel because our shared democratic values are one and the same. We should never forget that Israel remains threatened by terrorist groups and regimes that want to destroy it. Yet the people of Israel never tire in their commitment to democratic principles and freedoms. I remain committed to a secure Israel, and I look forward to many more years of a U.S.-Israel partnership.” 1

SOURCES: 1 www.reid.senate.gov

Interesting Facts

Reid grew up in a small cabin without indoor plumbing, and attended a two-room elementary school.

While a law student, Reid worked as a U.S. Capitol police officer.