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Former Sen. Harry Reid undergoes surgery for pancreatic cancer
By
Michelle Rindels
Former Sen. Harry Reid speaks during the National Clean Energy Summit at the Bellagio on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has undergone surgery for pancreatic cancer.

The operation, first reported on Twitter by KLAS-TV journalist George Knapp and confirmed by a source close to the powerful Democratic former lawmaker, took place Monday morning at Johns Hopkins Cancer Center.

“His doctors caught the problem early during a routine screening and his surgeons are confident that the surgery was a success and that the prognosis for his recovery is good,” said a statement from the family disseminated by his former deputy chief of staff, Adam Jentleson. “He is now out of surgery, in good spirits and resting with his family.”

The family said his next step will be chemotherapy.

“He is grateful to his highly skilled team of doctors and to all who have sent and continue to send their love and support,” the family statement said.

Reid, 78, served for 30 years in the Senate before retiring following a debilitating eye injury. He was succeeded by Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who offered her well wishes to her political mentor.

“Senator Reid is no stranger to a fight,” she said in a statement. “He beat his opponents in the boxing ring, took on the mob in Nevada, and moved bills in the Senate that no one believed could be done. He’ll beat cancer too. I wish him a speedy and successful recovery.”

Along with Republican former House Speaker John Boehner, Reid is co-chair of the nascent MGM Resorts International Public Policy Institute at UNLV.

Disclosure: MGM Resorts has donated to The Nevada Independent. You can see a full list of donors here.
INDY FAST FACTS Catherine Cortez Masto Job: U.S. Senator Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birthdate: March 29, 1964 Education: University of Nevada, Reno (B.A.) Gonzaga University (J.D.) Other public offices held: Nevada State Attorney General (2007-2015) Total donations: $21,304,624 (1/06/11 - 3/31/18) Top donors: EMILY's List $565,735 League of Conservation Voters $401,508 J Street $185,558 University of California $77,798 University of Nevada $57,754 Last Report: 12/31/2017 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics

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