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Sen. Harry Reid

Former Senator for Nevada

Reid was a senator from Nevada and was a Democrat. He served from 1987 to 2016.

He was also Senate Minority Leader, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.

He was previously the representative for Nevada’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1983 to 1986.

Photo of Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV, 1987-2016]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Reid.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Reid is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2016 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Reid sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 2011 to Dec 10, 2016. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Reid was the primary sponsor of 37 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 37 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Reid sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (19%) International Affairs (15%) Native Americans (15%) Crime and Law Enforcement (13%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Taxation (11%) Labor and Employment (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Reid’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Reid voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 78/21 on Dec 10, 2016.

Reid voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations ...

Reid voted Nay

Veto Overridden 97/1 on Sep 28, 2016.

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a federal commission was created to fact-find as much information as possible about the planning, funding, and carrying-out ...

Reid voted Nay

Bill Passed 85/13 on Jun 14, 2016.

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (H.R. 4909; NDAA 2017, Pub.L. 114-328) is a United States proposed federal bill which specifies the ...

Reid voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 75/20 on Feb 11, 2016.

This bill became the vehicle for the passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, which includes a variety of requirements on ...

Reid voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Dec 3, 2015.

H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the ...

Reid voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Reid voted Nay

Reid voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Dec 2016, Reid missed 164 of 9,865 roll call votes, which is 1.7%. This is on par with the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: