Former Sen. Orrin G. Hatch called Reid “the embodiment of the American Dream.”
Elected leaders in Utah and across the country expressed their condolences late Tuesday following the death of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Reid, 82, third death after four years of battling pancreatic cancer, according to AP news agency.
During his tenure, he became The Latter-day Saint is elected at the highest level served in the United States. He is also Nevada’s longest-serving member of Congress.
In a tweet late Tuesday, Former Senator Orrin G. Hatch called Reid “the embodiment of the American Dream.”
“He worked his way from a troubled young man to Senate Majority Leader,” Hatch wrote. “I’m so grateful to know Harry and call him a friend.”
Senator Mike Lee said Tuesday that Reid was a teacher at his family’s LDS home – and the father of one of Lee’s close friends – before the two worked together in the Senate.
“Senator Harry Reid was a kind, caring friend. He will be ignored. Sharon and I are praying for Landra and their family,” Lee tweeted, referring to Reid’s wife, Landra Reid.
Current Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said Reid is “solid as a nail but very caring and compassionate, and always goes out of his way to help those in need.”
“He is gone but he will be with many of us in the Senate every day,” Schumer said in a statement.
On Tuesday night, former President Barack Obama shared that he was recently wrote Reid a letter at the request of Landra Reid, due to Harry Reid’s declining health.
In the letter, Obama wrote that he would not have been able to become president without Reid’s support. He noted Reid’s skill and determination and called him a great leader in the Senate.
“Above all, you’ve been a good friend,” Obama wrote. “As we are different, I think we both saw something of ourselves – a couple of outsiders who defied all odds, knew how to spank and cared for the little guy. And you know what, we made a pretty good team. … The world is better because of what you did. Not bad for a poor, skinny kid from Searchlight. ”
Harry Reid appeared on The Salt Lake Tribune’s “Mormon Land” podcast earlier this year after the siege of the Capitol in one of his last lengthy interviews. To listen here.
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