Federal Budget Players Spotlight: Harry Reid

By Elizabeth Casey-Rutland

Photo courtesy of Center for American Progress Action Fund

Name: Harry Reid

State/District, Party: Nevada, Democrat

Leadership position: Senate Minority Leader

Number of Years in That Position: Less than 1, he obtained this position in January 2015.

Number of Terms/Years in Congress: He was first elected 27 years ago in 1987.

Percent/Amount of State Revenue from the Federal Government (2013): Nevada received $2.9 billion, or 25% of its total revenue from the federal government.

 Defense Contracts Awarded to State (2013): $1.9 billion

Memorable Budget Quote: “It’s going to affect us for generations to come, The White House can speak for themselves, but we’re not going to be drawing lines in the sand.” (2011, speaking about the government shutdown)

Approval Rating: 27% favorable, 50% unfavorable, April 2015

Total Amount Spent During Latest Election: $25.5 million

Top Donor/Top Industry: Weitz & Luxenberg, Lawyers/Law Firms

 Candidate’s Self-Financing: $99,750