Harry Reid (born March 31, 1940) is a member of the United States Senate, where he has represented Nevada since 1987. He is a member of the Democratic Party and currently serves as the Senate Majority Leader. He is an ex-officio member of the Select Committee on Intelligence.
Senator Reid has been a supporter of the PROTECT IP Act, and he scheduled a voted for the measure for January 24, 2012. After the Internet Blackout on January 18, however, a number of PIPA's co-sponsors and other supporters stated their opposition to the bill. Reid planned to hold a vote on the legislation, but sources said he will not require Democrats to vote on it, casting doubt on whether it could receive the 60 votes necessary to receive a Senate floor vote.. On January 20th, he announced he was putting the bill on hold.