Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid honors retiring court reporter and acknowledges the profession’s importance

On Jan. 30, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid recognized the hard work of court reporters and their importance in ensuring history is preserved during a speech honoring U.S. Senate court reporter Joel Breitner, who is retiring after more than three decades of service. Reid noted that Breitner was one of the first court reporters to use computer aided translation in the U.S. Senate. Reid, whose younger brother is also a retired court reporter, acknowledged that court reporters often put in long hours in sometimes tense surroundings. To see Reid’s speech, go to The segment starts at the 24:50 mark.

Majority Leader thanks Senate stenographers

According to a Dec. 13 post on, Majority Leader Harry Reid visited the team of legislative reporters transcribing every word of the marathon 35-hour session last week to vote on several motions. According to the article, Reid said the reporters were taking naps as they shared the 15-minute shifts.

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