Rory Reid

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Rory Reid
Rory Reid.jpg
Member of the Clark County Commission District G
Former officeholder
In office
PredecessorDario Herrera
Date of birthJuly 11, 1963
Place of birthAlexandria, Virginia
Rory J. Reid (born July 11, 1963[1]) served as a member of the Clark County Commission in Clark County Nevada from 2003-2011, and was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Nevada in the 2010 gubernatorial election.[2] Reid, a member of the Democratic Party and a son of United States Senator Harry Reid, was considered a political "rising star" in Nevada in 2007.[3]


Reid was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and raised in the Las Vegas area where he attended Ed W. Clark High School. He graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a degree in international relations and Spanish, and then furthered his education in law school, graduating in 1987.[3]

As a teenager, he worked as a sportswriter for the Las Vegas Sun and interviewed Muhammad Ali prior to the boxer’s fight with Larry Holmes in 1980.[4]

Reid has disagreed with his father, Harry Reid, on some issues, including by supporting Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic caucuses when Sen. Harry Reid backed Barack Obama. Clinton won the Nevada caucus. He has also had a differing opinion of a pair of proposals for rail projects in Nevada.[5]

Political career

Clark County Commission (2003-2011)

Reid was elected to the Clark County Commission in 2002. He was re-elected in 2006 with 62 percent of the vote.[6] In 2008, Reid served as chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in the state of Nevada.[7].



See also: Nevada gubernatorial election, 2010

Reid won the Democratic primary with 70.1 percent of the votes.[8]

Governor of Nevada, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Frederick L. Conquest 14.7% 16,775
Green check mark transparent.pngRory Reid 70.1% 80,162
None 15.3% 17,454
Total Votes 114,391

However, Reid lost to Republican Brian Sandoval in the general election.

Governor of Nevada, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Rory Reid 41.6% 298,171
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Sandoval 53.4% 382,350
     Green David Scott Curtis 0.6% 4,437
     Libertarian Arthur Forrest Lampitt 0.7% 4,672
     Independent Eugene DiSimone 0.9% 6,403
     Independent Aaron Y. Honig 0.4% 3,216
     Independent Floyd Fitzgibbons 0.7% 5,049
     NA None 1.7% 12,231
Total Votes 716,529

Race background

Reid kicked off his run for Governor of Nevada in Las Vegas on October 15, 2009,[9] with a second event in Reno the following day as part of an effort to gain recognition in Northern Nevada.[10] October 16, 2009, Reid officially announced his candidacy for the Governor of Nevada. He is the only Democrat running for the position. Reid unveiled a plan for the future of Nevada titled "The Virtual Crossroads."[11] A March 2010 Rasmussen Reports poll of gubernatorial candidates had him beating incumbent Republican Governor Jim Gibbons, losing to potential Republican nominee Brian Sandoval in respective two-way races or coming in third place in a three-way race with Sandoval and independent Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman.[12] Eventually, however, Goodman decided to drop out of the race for governor, citing his desire to stay close to his family.[13]

Reid campaigned on diversifying Nevada’s economy to create jobs.[14] As a candidate, he also has spoken out about expanding renewable energy plants in Nevada.[15]

See also

External links

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  1. Schumacher, Geoff. "The son also rises", Las Vegas Mercury. Retrieved on 2008-12-18. 
  2. "Harry Reid's son enters Nevada gubernatorial race". CNN. October 14, 2009. Retrieved on October 15, 2009. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tony Cook and J. Patrick Coolican (January 8, 2007). "Man of purpose", Las Vegas Sun. 
  4. Kantowski, Ron (November 24, 2009). "Rory in disguise … with glasses", Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved on 22 January 2010. 
  5. Morrison, Jane Ann (October 29, 2009). "Flashes of wit might distinguish Rory Reid from his father", Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved on 22 January 2010. 
  6. GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS November 7, 2006 Election Department - Clark County, Nevada
  7. Chris Cillizza And Shailagh Murray (February 18, 2007). "While Reid Stays Out of '08 Fray, Sen. Clinton Signs His Son", Washington Post. 
  8. Nevada Secretary of State, "Results of the 2010 Primary," accessed February 12, 2013
  9. Delucia, Matt. "(dead link) Rory Reid Lays Plans for Governor Campaign", Fox 5 Vegas. Retrieved on 22 January 2010. 
  10. Whaley, Sean (October 15, 2009). "Rory Reid Announces His Gubernatorial Bid In Reno", Nevada News Bureau. Retrieved on 22 January 2010. 
  11. "The Virtual Crossroads" [1]
  13. Los Angeles Times, "Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman decides not to go for Nevada governor," January 25, 2010
  14. Spillman, Benjamin (October 15, 2009). "Rory Reid: Diversify state economy", Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved on 22 January 2010. 
  15. Waite, Mark (October 23, 2009). "(dead link) Rory Reid visits Pahrump", Pahrump Valley Times. Retrieved on 22 January 2010. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Dario Herrera
Clark County Commission
District G

2003 -2011
Succeeded by