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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. gestures while meeting with reporters to discuss Iraq, Tuesday, July 10, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. gestures while meeting with reporters to discuss Iraq, Tuesday, July 10, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington

Moving into the seat of Senate Majority Leader in 2007 after many years as minority leader was "the difference between playing first base for the Yankees and playing for Basic High School," Harry Reid told the Sun in a year-end interview.

Although Reid invested a lot of effort in his first year to unsuccessfully change Iraq war policy, he said "it's been a tremendously fascinating, interesting year for me."

The senator has spent a lifetime representing Nevada's interests. He got his start in government as Henderson's city attorney, then went to elective politics to Nevada's State Assembly in 1968.

In 1970, at age 30, he became Nevada's youngest-ever lieutenant governor. In 1977, he became chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission.

Reid was elected in 1982 to the first of two terms he served in the U.S. House of Representatives. And in 1986, he ran for the Senate, where he has been re-elected four times.

Reid was born in Searchlight, Nev., a small rural mining town, and grew up in a cabin, the son of a hard-rock miner. Because there was no high school in the tow, he moved to Henderson to attend Basic High School, where he met his wife, Laura.

The Reids have four grown children and 16 grandchildren.

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Harry Reid dons sunglasses, says he has some vision in injured eye

Tue, Feb 24, 2015

After two months of wearing an eye patch over his right eye, an on-the-mend Sen. Harry Reid showed up to work today sporting a new look: sunglasses. “We’re working on ...

Wounded but dangerous: Here’s why to believe Harry Reid will run in ’16

Thu, Feb 19, 2015

Harry Reid has been injured both politically and physically, but those close to him say that those who think he won't run for re-election in 2016 are missing ...

Reid, Obama expected to discuss Homeland Security funding

Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Sen. Harry Reid and President Barack Obama are expected to discuss the ongoing fight in Congress to fund the Department of Homeland Security when they meet in private today at ...

Obama to meet with Harry Reid as top agenda items debated

Tue, Feb 17, 2015

President Barack Obama plans to meet with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid as Congress debates a series of issues at the top of the president's agenda. The White House says ...

Sen. Harry Reid recovering after 2nd surgery

Thu, Feb 12, 2015

Sen. Harry Reid is recovering at his Washington residence after surgery Wednesday to restore vision in his wounded right eye. It was Reid's second surgery since ...

Sen. Harry Reid’s brother accused of DUI, battery on an officer

Wed, Feb 4, 2015

The 73-year-old brother of Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid was arrested Monday after he was found in a parked vehicle in the dirt median of a state highway in ...

Reid meets with boxing’s Manny Pacquiao, shows off battle scars

Wed, Feb 4, 2015

Still sporting a bruised jaw, swollen right eye and eye patch after a New Year’s Day exercise accident, Sen. Harry Reid looks every bit like he got into a sparring ...

Sen. Harry Reid speaks on Senate floor week after surgery

Mon, Feb 2, 2015

enate Democratic leader Harry Reid is back on the Senate floor speaking about legislation, a week after surgery to remove a blood clot in his right eye and repair bones ...

Sen. Harry Reid recuperating at home after eye surgery

Mon, Jan 26, 2015

Sen. Harry Reid was released from the hospital this afternoon after undergoing three and a half hours of surgery in hopes of restoring vision in his injured ...

Washington memo: Reid says injuries won’t derail his plans

Fri, Jan 23, 2015

in his first news conference since suffering broken bones a concussion when an exercise band snapped at his home in Henderson, Sen. Harry Reid told reporters that ...

Harry Reid talks surgery, Keystone pipeline and deflated footballs

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Wearing an eye patch, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid pointed to his brow bone and explained how doctors will reconstruct the bones around his right eye in an effort to ...

Reid to undergo surgery to restore vision in injured eye

Wed, Jan 21, 2015

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid will undergo surgery Monday to help restore full vision in his right eye, which he injured earlier this month while exercising, according to his office. Reid ...

Sen. Harry Reid returns to Capitol after exercise injury

Tue, Jan 20, 2015

Sen. Harry Reid returned to work today on Capitol Hill, 20 days after an exercise injury in which he broke bones and at least temporarily lost vision in his right ...

Democratic aide: Harry Reid likely to return to Senate next week

Wed, Jan 14, 2015

A Senate Democratic aide says Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is likely to return to the Senate next week after missing the first two weeks of business due to injuries ...

Reid says he has temporarily lost vision in right eye

Fri, Jan 9, 2015

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid has temporarily lost vision in his right eye and is under doctor’s orders to stay home after a New Year’s Day exercise accident in which he ...

Videos

Obama speaks at Caesars, part 1
Obama speaks at Caesars, part 1
President Barack Obama spoke at a fundraiser for Senate majority leader Harry Reid at Caesars ...
Obama speaks at Caesars, part 2
Obama speaks at Caesars, part 2
President Barack Obama spoke at a fundraiser for Senate majority leader Harry Reid at Caesars ...
Obama speaks at Caesars, part 3
Obama speaks at Caesars, part 3
President Barack Obama spoke at a fundraiser for Senate majority leader Harry Reid at Caesars ...
Obama speaks at Caesars, part 4
Obama speaks at Caesars, part 4
President Barack Obama spoke at a fundraiser for Senate majority leader Harry Reid at Caesars ...
Knockout Punch, seg. 1
Knockout Punch, seg. 1
Polls show U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nevada-D) is vulnerable in the 2010 election. ...
Brower in 2010? seg. 1
Brower in 2010? seg. 1
Nevada's U.S. Attorney says he'll be out the door by the fall. Does Greg Brower ...
Newseum Makes Headlines
Newseum Makes Headlines
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and comedian Steven Colbert each ...
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Face to Face: Harry Reid Interview
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Harry Reid's Caucus
Harry Reid's Caucus
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., returned Jan. 19, 2008, to his rural hometown ...

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Obama, Reid at Caesars (5-26-2009)
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