Harry Reid Drops A Shocker By Announcing His Retirement From The Senate

Harry Reid announces he won't run in 2016

Senate Democratic Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) announced today that he would not be running for reelection in 2016.


In a statement, Reid said:

The job of minority leader of the United States Senate is just as important as being the majority leader. It gives you so much opportunity to do good things for this country. And that’s what I am focused on.

But this accident has caused us for the first time to have a little down time. I have had time to ponder and to think. We’ve got to be more concerned about the country, the Senate, the state of Nevada than us. And as a result of that I’m not going to run for re-election.

My friend, Senator McConnell, don’t be too elated. I am going to be here for twenty-two months, and you know what I’m going to be doing? The same thing I’ve done since I first came to the Senate.

We have to make sure that the Democrats take control of the Senate again. And I feel it is inappropriate for me to soak up all those resources on me when I could be devoting those resources to the caucus, and that’s what I intend to do.

The decision that I’ve made has absolutely nothing to do with my injury, it has nothing to do with my being minority leader and it certainly has nothing to do with my ability to be re-elected because the path to re-election is much easier than probably has been any time that I’ve run for re-election.

Harry Reid’s recent legacy by itself is historic. Reid has been a staunch defender of Social Security. He has held off the Republican assault on the middle-class. He has taken on the Koch brothers at every turn. Reid was critical in passing the Affordable Care Act, and he has resisted every Republican maneuver to undo the law. As Minority Leader, Harry Reid has kept the Democratic caucus unified while stopping Mitch McConnell’s Republican agenda dead in its tracks.

Sen. Reid’s announcement is surprising because had been insisting that he would run for reelection for more than a year. Democrats will now have to focus on drafting a strong candidate to keep Reid’s seat.

DSCC Chairman Jon Tester said in a statement, “Harry Reid’s legacy in the Senate has cemented his place in the halls of history, and I am proud to call him both a colleague and a friend. As the longest serving member of Congress from Nevada, a tireless advocate for his state, and the leader of the Democratic Party in the Senate he has never backed away from a fight when the lives of middle class families were on the line, and our country is better for his leadership. I wish him and Landra all the best as they begin this new chapter in their lives.There is a talented pool of Nevada Democrats who are ready to step up to the plate, and we will recruit a top-notch candidate in Nevada who will be successful in holding this seat in 2016.”

Harry Reid’s reelection campaigns were never easy, and always close. His decision was completely understandable given the amount of time and energy his recovery from an accident while exercising has consumed. Reid signaled that a Democratic Senate changing of the guard when he promoted Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Senate leadership. Democrats will definitely have a new leader when the next Congress comes into session in January 2017.


17 Replies to “Harry Reid Drops A Shocker By Announcing His Retirement From The Senate”

  1. I don’t know about that. Reelections are tough for leaders in both parties. Old Bitch may have gotten reelected with a fifteen point margin, but voting turnout was low, and he was running scared. I suspect when democrats take the senate back in”16″, they’ll choose someone that will be as adept at thwarting Bitch, as Harry was!

  2. Harry Reid is retiring at a very good time for Democrats to elected a strong junior Senator for Nevada. Presidential elections have large turnouts and large turnouts favor Democrats, so I’m not afraid of losing his seat.

    I will be looking forward to who the Democratic Party will recruit to replace Senator Harry Reid. :-)

  3. Please excuse me, but the senate approve Iran sanctions amendment in unanimous vote:

    If this Iran deal fall apart because these a-holes. They can’t blame nobody but themselves.
    And these sanctions aren’t guarantee to work. Theirs plenty of evidence of that (N. Korea). Iran can’t be force into inspections. What’s next? Will the Int’l world back US sanctions? Their no guarantee that they will. Then what?

    All for this Israel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=393&v=URroQn9Bwnk

  4. This seat is already a lock for the Republicans. High Pitch Harry may very well be going to prison. God, how I love it!

  5. The county will miss this man and history well show that he is and was the correct man for these times.

  6. You are confusing Reid with your ole buddy ex Sen. Gibbons of Nevada. Google it.

    Check your facts before spewing out your far right-wing so called facts. But then when people like yourself watch Fox News, you become brain dead.

  7. Gibbons was Governor. GOP & a cheater.

    Ensign was a Senator. GOP & a cheater.

    Easy to confuse, as Republicans have a hard time with marriage vows.

  8. Thank you senator, for doing the right thing. I, for one, am fed up with career politicians in both parties.

    The problem with our government is not a democrat or republican problem. It is career politicians like Reid, Waters, Boehner, McConnel and others who are more concerned with getting re-elected than putting our (the American people) interests ahead of theirs.

    Our government is out of control and we need to take it back by firing those old fogies. We need a government small enough to fit in the constitution.

    Term limits!!!

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