The entire Smith King Team would like to pay our respects and look back at the contributions that he made both in the State of Nevada and the United States.
Harry M. Reid, the most powerful Nevadan to ever hold office in Washington D.C., died Tuesday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.
Harry Reid was a hero to Nevada and America. He was honest and a plain-spoken person, and spoke directly to the point he was discussing. He was born in a tiny place called Searchlight, Nevada and his family was quite poor.
Harry Reid, a man who always believed he could not afford to give less than his all to his family, his state, his country and the world. We will all mourn the loss of this American hero. Most of all, he made monumental contributions to his home state, the nation and the state of Israel.
In Nevada, two of Reid’s greatest achievements were bringing legitimacy to the gaming industry and protecting the environment. He fought organized crime; he fought developers who wanted to overbuild the state and pollute Lake Tahoe; and he fought to keep Yucca Mountain from becoming a nuclear waste repository.
Both in Nevada and nationally, Reid worked to protect the environment by championing renewable energy and to stave off the climate crisis which threatens us all.
Harry Reid was a remarkable study in contrasts. He was a member of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, and was no fiery liberal by any means. However, he advanced women’s rights, ensured Americans received health care, sought a sensible plan to address the nation’s immigration challenges and played a pivotal role in the election of this country’s first Black president. And this list of achievements is by no means exhaustive.
In the international arena, Reid was a steadfast supporter of Israel. And for the son of Searchlight, Nevada, that support was personal. His wife, Landra, was born Jewish. Although she and the senator both converted to Mormonism in their 20s, they lit Friday night Sabbath candles with her mother and for many years, had a mezuzah on their home. As a young attorney starting out in Las Vegas, Reid always contributed to Jewish causes. One of many times he bought Israel bonds to benefit the United Jewish Appeal, our brother/brother-in-law Neil G. Galatz expressed concern: ‘Harry, you can’t afford to give that much.” Harry replied, ‘I can’t afford not to.”
Everyone can agree “There’s just never going to be another Harry Reid,”
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