Nevada Sen. Harry Reid announced today that he is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.
The Nevada Democrat issued a plea for his party to consolidate behind Clinton, who has struggled to fend off an insurgent campaign from Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont.
"I think the middle class would be better served by Hillary," Reid said.
"I think that my work with her over the years has been something that I have looked upon with awe. She was the first lady. She started the trend toward looking to do something about health care. She understood the issue well, she was the front on the health care during that administration," he said.
Reid added, "I also think she's the woman to be the first president of the United states that's a female."
Many see this as a sign that Democratic leaders are eager to put the party's contentious primary fight behind them.
As the Senate Minority Leader, Reid is the highest ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate.