7 Things to Know About Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)

1.) His law school dean advised him to drop out. From The New Yorker:

“The dean of students at George Washington Law School advised him to drop out, saying, ‘Mr. Reid, maybe the law is not for you.’ Reid got his law degree, but he made this bitter anecdote the centerpiece of a commencement speech he gave at G.W. decades later.”

2.) He and Mike Tyson teamed up. From the Las Vegas Sun:

“Sen. Harry Reid has forged some unorthodox alliances to better fight for his pet issues. But a new partnership with former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson is arguably his most unexpected coupling yet. A shared passion for boxing is bringing the steely senator and Iron Mike together in the political ring to urge President Barack Obama to posthumously pardon Jack Johnson, the first African-American to hold the world boxing heavyweight title.”

3.) While in law school, he protected the D.C. grounds he walks on today. From The New Yorker:

“He paid his tuition by working as a member of the U.S. Capitol police force.”

4.) He served as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission. From Esquire:

“As chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission in the late 1970s, he is widely credited with taking on the mob as it was making its last stand and ridding Las Vegas of organized crime, making the modern city possible.”

5.) He took an unusual route to high school. From the New York Times:

“The future senator hitchhiked 40 miles to attend high school in Henderson, where he became an amateur boxer.”

6.) Harry Reid hates the New York Yankees. From Esquire:

“He’s pretty rabid for baseball, grew up a big Indians fan, and the Cardinals, too – glued to the radio down in Searchlight, Nevada, his only portal to the outside world – but he’ll root for just about anybody as long as it’s not the Yankees. He hates the Yankees. Rooting for them is like rooting for the fat cats to beat the little guys, which makes no sense whatsoever, if you ask him.”

7.) Upon becoming Senate Majority Leader, he decorated his new office with an ode to the past. From The New Yorker:

“He occupied the leader’s brightly tiled suite of offices just off the Senate floor and decorated them with memorabilia of F.D.R., Harry Truman, and the other heroes of the modern liberal welfare state.”