Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced March 27 that he will not seek re-election in 2016.
Reid posted both a news statement and a youtube video on his website to announce his planned retirement. Reid, 75, was first elected to the Senate in 1986. Prior to the Senate, Reid had also served in the U.S. House of Representatives for four years. He also served stints in the Nevada Assembly and as Nevada lieutenant governor.
He has been active on a number of energy and environment issues.
During his time in the Senate Reid has long been known for his fierce opposition to the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. Reid has also taken an active interest in members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Last fall some Senate Republicans accused Reid, then the Majority Leader, of trying to pack the commission with individuals opposed to Yucca Mountain.
Reid has also been a supporter of renewable energy. For several years, he has hosted a national clean energy conference. Reid’s Senate website also notes that he has supported increasing renewable penetration via new electric transmission projects in Nevada.
In 2013, Reid also threw his support behind the merger of Nevada-based NV Energy and its utility subsidiaries into MidAmerican Energy Holdings (MEH) and its parent, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A; BRK.B).
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) issued a statement calling his counterpart “a formidable opponent.”