LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Nevada’s longest-serving senator is considered one of the best leaders in the state. Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones commented on Senator Harry Reid’s legacy and his service in the Silver State.
“I really respected that he understood that politics was about helping people, and you really saw that in his career,” Jones said. “There were people who didn’t particularly like his tactics, but it was always about helping people.”
Jones said the approval of the name change of McCarran International Airport to Harry Reid International Airport was a monument to Reid’s work in Nevada.
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Jones remembers all of Reid’s accomplishments, including preventing the construction of the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository, preserving public lands across Nevada, including the expansion of Red Rock Canyon and Reid’s impact on the expansion of affordable health care.
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“You can see from my family to immigrant families to people who have difficulty with health care, with children who are in hospitals who cannot afford the medical bills that Senator Reid really does work with his colleagues. helped help so many families here in Nevada. “
Reid was a major influence in helping then-President Barack Obama pass the Affordable Care Act. Obama will deliver the eulogy at the scheduled memorial service.
Jones had a personal connection to Reid. He says his wife has worked with the Senator for decades and his favorite memory of the Senator is when he and his wife invited him to their home.
“What Senator Reid wanted to do more than anything else was read a book to my daughter, who was 6 at the time,” Jones recalls. ” I will never forget him. It was just a touching memory of how important his family was to him.
Reid is survived by his wife, five children and 19 grandchildren.
Saturday’s memorial service will be held at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts at 11 a.m. Along with Obama, President Joe Biden, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are expected to speak.
13 Action News will have full coverage of the memorial service team. Watch on Channel 13, the KTNV app or ktnv.com/HarryReid.