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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.

All stories

The big lie: Las Vegas man watches as his Harry Reid tale takes off

Sun, Apr 26, 2015

A Las Vegas man claims he started a false rumor that the injuries suffered by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid several months ago were the result of an attack by ...

What will Harry Reid do with his leftover campaign cash?

Tue, Apr 21, 2015

There's a lot Sen. Harry Reid could do with his $1.5 million in leftover campaign funds. but there's one thing he most definitely can't: use the money as if it ...

Harry Reid assists in former senator’s conversion to Mormonism

Mon, Apr 20, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has helped a former U.S. Senate colleague become a Mormon. Reid, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gave ...

A monumental push: Reid plans to designate two more areas for protection

Sun, Apr 19, 2015

Until late last year, environmentalists’ and tourism officials’ dream of Congress bestowing a national monument outside Las Vegas seemed like a long shot. A bill to protect almost 23,000 acres ...

Harry Reid rates GOP presidential candidates: ‘They’re all losers’

Wed, Apr 15, 2015

Sen. Harry Reid has never been shy about saying what he thinks. But since announcing he is ending his 30 year-Senate career in 2017, Reid has had even less of ...

Ted Nugent makes comment at NRA meeting about shooting Harry Reid

Tue, Apr 14, 2015

While speaking at a recent National Rifle Association event, rocker and NRA board member Ted Nugent said facetiously that if he had to accept Sen. Harry Reid’s help, he would ...

Reid touts Nevada’s advances as renewable energy leader

Fri, Apr 10, 2015

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid on Friday praised Nevada’s role as a leader in renewable energy business development and called for bipartisan support toward continuing that progress in the future ...

Sen. Harry Reid’s chief of staff announces his departure

Thu, Apr 9, 2015

It’s been a big few weeks of change for Sen. Harry Reid. Less than two weeks after announcing he is retiring from 30 years in the U.S. Senate and endorsing ...

Reid striving to add ban on online gaming to his political legacy

Fri, Apr 3, 2015

With the clock ticking on his remaining time in the Senate, Harry Reid is adding to momentum to ban online gaming. Along with supporters such as Sheldon Adelson, Reid ...

Harry Reid’s exit sets off Senate leadership scramble

Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire has sparked a very public feud between the No. 2 and No. 3 Senate Democrats, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chuck Schumer ...

Pahrump brothel offers to host Reid’s retirement party

Wed, Apr 1, 2015

A Pahrump brothel has offered to host U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s retirement party. Sheri’s Ranch, 60 miles west of Las Vegas, says several of the senator’s accomplishments have directly improved ...

Thank you, Harry

Sun, Mar 29, 2015

Nothing better epitomizes retiring U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's courage and commitment to Nevada than his ability to thwart the politically immoral effort to force lethal fuel rods from out-of-state nuclear ...

The speculation begins: Who’s going to replace Harry Reid?

Fri, Mar 27, 2015

Sen. Harry Reid's announced retirement leaves a decade-long vacuum in Nevada politics, and politicos immediately turned to who would replace him. Among the possibilities were ...

‘Harry, this is Barack’: Obama surprises Reid during radio talk show

Fri, Mar 27, 2015

During an appearance by Sen. Harry Reid this morning on KNPR’s “State of Nevada” talk show, the program received a surprise caller. "Harry, this is Barack," ...

A timeline of Sen. Harry Reid’s political career

Fri, Mar 27, 2015

A timeline of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's political career, from his early years in the Nevada Legislature to his election to Congress, where he served five terms in the Senate ...

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 ...
Face to Face: Harry Reid Interview
Face to Face: Harry Reid Interview
President Bush is getting kudos for that economic stimulus package. Are tax rebates to millions ...
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 ...

Slideshows

Obama, Reid at Caesars (5-26-2009)
Reid protest
Reid Commissions Wind Turbine
Reid at the Boys & Girls Club
Sen. Harry Reid spoke Thursday at the grand opening of the John C. Kish Boys ...
Reid visits Three Square
Sen. Harry Reid makes an appearance at Three Square Food Bank to discuss Southern Nevada's ...

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