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.
Read our 2016 Report Card for Reid.
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.
Reid was the primary sponsor of 37 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1436 (114th): Nevada Native Nations Land Act
- S. 1818 (113th): Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe - Fish Springs Ranch Settlement Act
- S. 716 (113th): A bill to modify the requirements under the STOCK Act regarding online access to certain financial disclosure statements and related forms.
- S. 3510 (112th): A bill to prevent harm to the national security or endangering the military officers and civilian employees to whom internet publication of certain information applies, and for ...
- S. 3412 (112th): Middle Class Tax Cut Act
- S. 519 (112th): Hoover Power Allocation Act of 2011
- S. 1038 (112th): PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011
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).
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%)
Some of Reid’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3293 (114th): A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to transfer to ...
- S. 3281 (114th): A bill to extend the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996.
- S. 3106 (114th): Secure the Northern Triangle Act
- S. 2924 (114th): Max Cleland Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2016
- S. 2907 (114th): A bill to amend the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies ...
- S. 2903 (114th): Max Cleland Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2016
- S. 2540 (114th): Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2016
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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills