Harry Mason Reid Jr., grew up in a home with no toilet, telephone, or hot water, in Searchlight, Nevada. His father was a rock miner and his mother a laundress. He served as a city attorney, a representative in the Nevada Assembly, lieutenant governor, and U.S. Representative before being elected as a U.S. Senator in 1986. Harry Reid rose from Democratic Whip to Minority Leader, and Senate Majority Leader from 2007-2015, being one of only three senators to serve at least eight years. He helped to pass the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In 2013, Harry Reid was responsible for invoking the “nuclear option” that eliminated the 60-vote requirement to end a filibuster for presidential nominations.
The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population. U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years. Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures. This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote. The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.
Harry Reid was a member of the U.S. Senate. Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate. A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.