The man who has led the Democratic party for the past decade will not seek re-election.
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada), 75, announced on Friday that his current stint in the Senate will be his final one.
“I want to be able to go out at the top of my game,” he said in a video statement (below).
Reid suffered serious injuries to his face and eye in an exercise accident on Jan. 1. That coupled with his demotion to minority leader following Democrats’ defeat in this past November’s elections made many speculate whether the end was near.
For his part, Reid maintains that Republicans’ newfound control over Congress isn’t why he is making this decision.
“I have quite a bit of power as minority leader,” he pointed out.
Reid was first elected to the senate back in 1986.
Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, who currently serves as Vice Chair of the Conference, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, who currently serves as the Senate Democratic Conference Secretary, and Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, who currently serves as Minority Whip, are expected to ultimately vie for his post as the leader of the party.
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