Statement by Former Vice President Al Gore on the Passing of Sen. Harry Reid

Harry Reid was a fighter – he fought on behalf of the people of Nevada and the United States every day.

He not only fought with grit, he fought with heart. His determination was fortified as a young boy growing up in his small hometown of Searchlight, Nevada and bolstered by his unwavering belief in the power of public service. He saw the toll of unequal access to education, to clean air and water, to health care, and so much more and fought like hell to fix it.

There is no doubt he was a force to be reckoned with – but it is a testament to not only his skill as a politician, but also the compassion with which he conducted his work that he earned the respect and friendship of so many across the aisle and from all walks of life over the course of his career in public service.

I am endlessly grateful for his friendship, support, and for his tireless advocacy in what he saw as the fight of our lives: solving the climate crisis. He was one of my closest friends in the House, in the Senate, and in all the years since. He was a truly great man.

His friends, colleagues, and fellow Americans are all the better thanks to the legacy that Harry Reid leaves behind. My thoughts and prayers are with his beloved wife Landra and his entire family.