Last updated on: 3/6/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Harry Reid, JD Biography

Title:
Former United States Senator (D-NV)
Position:
Now Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“If you’d asked me this question a dozen years ago, it would have been easy to answer – I would have said no, because (marijuana) leads to other stuff. But I can’t say that anymore. I think we need to take a real close look at this. I think that there’s some medical reasons for marijuana… We waste a lot of time and law enforcement going after these guys that are smoking marijuana.”

Karoun Demirjian, “Legalized Medicinal Pot Has New Supporter: Harry Reid,” Las Vegas Sun, Jan. 16, 2014

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • United States Senator (D-NV), Jan. 3, 1987-Jan. 3, 2017
  • Senate Majority Leader, Jan. 3, 2007-2017
  • Senate Minority Leader, Jan. 3, 2005-Jan. 3, 2007
  • Senate Majority Whip, 2001-2003
  • Senate Minority Whip, 1999-2001 and 2003-2005
  • Member, US House of Representatives (D-NV), Jan. 3, 1983-Jan. 3, 1987
  • Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, 1970-1974
  • Chairman, Nevada Gaming Commission, 1977-1981
  • Member, Nevada State Assembly, 1969-1971
  • City attorney, Henderson, NV, 1964-1966
  • Admitted to Nevada bar, 1963
  • Member, United States Capitol Police Force, 1961-1964
Education:
  • JD, George Washington School of Law, 1964
  • BA, History and Political Science, Utah State University, 1961
  • AA, Southern Utah State College, 1959
Other:
  • Born Dec. 2, 1939 in Searchlight, NV
  • Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Twitter handle: @senatorreid