Former Senator Harry Reid Undergoes Surgery for Cancer

May 14, 2018May 14, 2018

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer. The surgery occurred on Monday morning, according to the Nevada Independent

The operation was confirmed by a source close to the lawmaker. Apparently, they caught the problem earlier and, as a result, the senator will be able to make a full recovery. 

“They caught it early. The doctors believe it went well, and he is expected to make a full recovery,” a source told the Independent.

Reid, 78, had served in the Senate for 30 years before retiring after a very severe eye injury. He was then succeeded by Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. Alongside former House Speaker John Boehner, Reid is the co-chair of the nascent MGM Resorts International Public Policy Institute at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

The operation on Monday was carried out at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore by George Knapp. According to The Hill, Knapp reported that Reid, who retired from the Senate in 2017, had kept the diagnosis very quiet. 

In 2015, Reid suffered from broken ribs and facial bones after an exercising accident. Politico claims that it was a "freak accident" that resulted in a loss of vision in one eye, eventually causing him to retire from the Senate. After announcing his retirement, Reid played a key role in getting Mastro to succeed him, using his political machine to dramatically increase the turnout of Democratic voters to beat Republican Joe Heck.

Toward the end of his career, Reid was the majority leader for eight years, ushering through the legislative agenda of former President Barack Obama. Reid played an important role in confirming hundreds of judges during his time in the Senate. He is known as a political brawler and often used the Senate floor to attack political opponents, interject into presidential elections, and undermine the Koch Brothers and Donald Trump. 

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