After undergoing surgery on Monday to remove a tumor from his pancreas, former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has asked well-wishers not to send flowers. As of Monday afternoon, Reid was "out of surgery, in good spirits, and resting with his family", according to the family statement.
"His surgeons are confident that the surgery was a success and that the prognosis for his recovery is good", the statement said.
Reid, a one-time amateur boxer and Capitol Police officer from Searchlight, Nevada, served five terms in the Senate, beginning in 1987. The Senator opted against running for re-election in 2015; that same year he suffered from a brutal accident that left him blind in one eye.
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And former House Speaker John Boehner tweeted, "You're a fighter, Harry".
Reid, 78, has spent most of his time in retirement in Las Vegas and has traveled to Washington just a handful of times, according to a person familiar with his travels. "The doctors say pancreatic cancer is not a great thing, but given that the operation couldn't have gone much better, we are all praying for Harry's speedy recovery", he said.
Reid retired as minority leader at the end of the 114th Congress.
"I say to everybody, stop it", he said. "I wish him a speedy and successful recovery".