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The ultimate gaming champion AGA issues statement on passing of Senator Harry Reid

News Online 29 Dec 2021

“The ultimate gaming champion,” AGA issues statement on passing of Senator Harry Reid

By Gambling Insider

Bill Miller, President and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA), has issued a statement on the passing of Senator Harry Reid.

On behalf of the AGA, Miller sent condolences to Reid’s wife, family and friends.

He said: “From his days as Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission to tenure as Majority Leader, Senator Reid’s impact on Nevada and the gaming industry is unparalleled. He was the ultimate gaming champion.

“I’m grateful for having known the Senator throughout my career in Washington DC. Without a shadow of a doubt, Senator Reid was one of the sharpest, most effective political minds to ever enter the arena.”

The former US Senate Majority Leader died at 82, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2018. He has been considered “a force” in Democratic politics for more than 40 years and built himself a reputation for his “soft-spoken ruthlessness.”

President Joe Biden, commenting on his demise, said he was “a dear friend and a giant of the US history.”

Former US President Barack Obama said Reid’s wife Landra had asked him and several other of his friends to write letters prior to his demise.

The letter from Obama read: “You were a great leader in the Senate, and early on you were more generous to me than I had any right to expect.

“I wouldn’t have been President had it not been for your encouragement and support, and I wouldn’t have gotten most of what I got done without your skill and determination. Most of all, you’ve been a good friend.”

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