Senator Harry Reid elected Democratic minority leader

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

WASHTINGTON, D.C.Democratic Senator Harry Reid has been elected the new leader of the Democratic party in the Senate. Reid, from Nevada, replaces out-going leader Tom Daschle who lost his re-election bid in the state of South Dakota. Reid was re-elected with 61% of the vote in the November elections.

Reid won the position as the Republican party still holds majority in both houses of Congress. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and Tom DeLay (R-TX) were re-elected by the Republicans for new terms as Speaker and Majority Leader in the House of Representatives.

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) replaced Reid as the Senate Minority Whip.