Policy / Congressional Update
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) was re-installed as Senate Majority Leader for another two-year term, along with his leadership team – deputies Charles Durbin (Illinois), Charles Schumer (New York), Patty Murray (Washington) and Debbie Stabenow (Michigan). It will be Reid’s fourth term as majority leader, second only to former Montana Senator Mike Mansfield’s eight terms.
While significant under any circumstances, the move has added importance for Nevada this time because of the collective lack of experience of Nevada’s other congressional members.
Shelley Berkley (D), who lost to incumbent Dean Heller (R) in that hotly contested U.S. Senate race, impacted Nevada in other ways because of her seniority in the House and seat on the powerful Ways and Means committee.
Reid and former U.S. Senator John Ensign, prior to his resignation, worked well together during their time in the Senate. The Reid-Heller relationship will be important for Nevada going forward.
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