Rory Reid

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Rory Reid
Rory Reid.jpg
Member of the Clark County Commission
from District G
In office
January 6, 2003 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byDario Herrera
Succeeded byMary Beth Scow
Personal details
Rory Jason Reid

(1963-07-11) July 11, 1963 (age 56)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (1994–present)
Spouse(s)Cindy Reid
ResidenceHenderson, Nevada, U.S.
Alma materBrigham Young University
J. Reuben Clark Law School

Rory Jason Reid (born July 11, 1963[1]) is an American attorney and politician. He served as elected Chairman of the Clark County Commission in Clark County, Nevada and was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Nevada in the 2010 gubernatorial election.[2] Reid is a member of the Democratic Party and a son of former United States Senator Harry Reid. In 2007, the Las Vegas Sun called Reid a political "rising star" in Nevada.[3]

Reid declined to run for Governor of Nevada again in 2014.[4]


Reid was born on July 11, 1963 in Alexandria, Virginia and raised in the Las Vegas area where he attended Ed W. Clark High School.[5] He graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a degree in international relations and Spanish, and then attended the university's J. Reuben Clark Law School, from which he graduated 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.[6] Later, he served as a member of the Nevada Taxicab Authority. During the 1990s, he also served as senior vice-president and general counsel for Lady Luck Gaming.[7]

He and his wife Cindy have three children.

Clark County Commission[edit]

Reid was elected to the Clark County Commission in 2002. As Chairman of the Commission, he updated the master plans of the county to reduce non-conforming zone changes.[8] Reid was reelected in 2006 with 62 percent of the vote.[9] In 2008, Reid served as chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign for the state of Nevada and an adviser on Western issues.[10]

2010 Nevada gubernatorial race[edit]

Reid kicked off his run for Governor of Nevada in Las Vegas on October 15, 2009,[11] with a second event in Reno the following day as part of an effort to gain recognition in Northern Nevada.[12]

Reid campaigned on diversifying Nevada’s economy and promoting alternative energy, both in an effort to create jobs.[13]

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. In October 2009 he had a differing opinion of a pair of proposals for rail projects in Nevada.[14]

In June 2010, Reid dropped his last name from the heading of many campaign advertisements. His campaign literature then simply said, "Rory 2010."[15]

Reid was defeated by Republican Brian Sandoval in the November 2, 2010 general election.


  1. ^ Schumacher, Geoff (January 20, 2005). "The son also rises". Las Vegas Mercury. Retrieved December 18, 2008.
  2. ^ "Harry Reid's son enters Nevada gubernatorial race". CNN. October 14, 2009. Retrieved October 15, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Tony Cook and J. Patrick Coolican (January 8, 2007). "Man of purpose". Las Vegas Sun.
  4. ^ Myers, Laura (February 18, 2013). "Political Eye: Rory Reid stepping away from politics". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  5. ^ Public School Profile. Ed W Clark High School.
  6. ^ Kantowski, Ron (November 24, 2009). "Rory in disguise … with glasses". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
  7. ^ "Andrew Tompkins dies at 72". Las Vegas Review-Journal. March 28, 2004.
  8. ^ Cook, Tony. Giunchigliani, Rory Reid election opponents said to have two chances: Slim and none. Las Vegas Sun. October 22, 2006.
  9. ^ "GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS November 7, 2006 Election Department - Clark County, Nevada". Archived from the original on October 8, 2008. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  10. ^ Chris Cillizza And Shailagh Murray (February 18, 2007). "While Reid Stays Out of '08 Fray, Sen. Clinton Signs His Son". Washington Post.
  11. ^ Delucia, Matt. "Rory Reid Lays Plans for Governor Campaign". Fox 5 Vegas. Archived from the original on September 22, 2010. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
  12. ^ Whaley, Sean (October 15, 2009). "Rory Reid Announces His Gubernatorial Bid In Reno". Nevada News Bureau. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
  13. ^ Spillman, Benjamin (October 15, 2009). "Rory Reid: Diversify state economy". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
  14. ^ Morrison, Jane Ann (October 29, 2009). "Flashes of wit might distinguish Rory Reid from his father". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
  15. ^ Janie Lorber (June 25, 2010). "His Last Name Is Reid; Just Call Him Rory". New York Times.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Dina Titus
Democratic nominee for Governor of Nevada
Succeeded by
Bob Goodman