WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Congress is back in session, and new members are already heading to Capitol Hill. While Democrats failed to gain the upper hand in either chamber, the Nevada Democratic delegation is optimistic.
"We had great candidates and hardworking candidates," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) Tuesday.
A bad election day for Democrats overall, Nevada Democrats set themselves apart with success in the House and Senate. The new members include Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), the first Latina elected to the Senate, and Representative-elect Ruben Kihuen (D-NV). They traveled to Capitol Hill Monday to meet with Reid and introduce themselves to the media.
"We're looking to fill his shoes and continue his legacy, so thank you so much," said Kihuen. "And thank you to the people of the fourth Congressional District for sending me here."
"I am excited to continue to work with my colleagues from Nevada as well as my colleagues in the Senate and in Congress," said Cortez Masto.
The new members wouldn't take questions, but Reid discussed what happened in Nevada last Tuesday.
"We had an organization that had been established for quite a few years in Nevada," said Reid. "And as a result of that we were able to do a lot of things they couldn't do in other places."
Reid was asked why things went so well in Nevada for Democrats, but crashed and burned in just about every other battleground state. The senator said he could only do so much.
"I was heavily involved in Nevada," said Reid. "I did everything to help Hillary Clinton as most of you know, but I wasn't involved in orchestrating what happened around the country."
As for Reid helping these Nevada Democrats once he retires, the Senator said, "The Reid Machine, there's a foundation for that, but Reid is going to be doing other things, so it's up to these folks behind me here."