‘Goodbye, Harry’: Reid’s Memorial Draws Warm Testimonials From Biden and Obama
Each speaker, including Mr. Reid’s daughter and four sons, spoke of his passion for the Senate and love for his home state. His son Leif Reid noted that his father was such a fan of the Las Vegas-based band the Killers that he requested that its lead singer, Brandon Flowers, sing at his memorial service.
Before performing Nevada’s state song, “Home Means Nevada,” Mr. Flowers told the audience a story of visiting the Capitol and being directed by Mr. Reid to perform the song for Mr. Schumer.
Other speakers recounted tales of the tenacity of Mr. Reid, a former boxer, as he guided monumental Democratic victories through Congress, including a sweeping economic stimulus plan in response to the Great Recession, a new set of rules to rein in Wall Street and the most significant expansion of health care coverage since the Great Society of the 1960s.
“Let there be no doubt: Harry Reid will be considered one of the greatest Senate majority leaders in history,” Mr. Biden said.
Mr. Reid became the face of Senate Democrats after being elected by his colleagues as the minority leader in 2005, and then became majority leader in 2007 when Democrats took control of the chamber. He would take on all comers, Republican or Democrat, and was known for a blunt approach that occasionally got him in trouble.