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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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Reid, Heller introduce bill creating more Yucca hurdles

Thu, Jul 23, 2015

In his final months in office, Senate Democrat Minority Leader Harry Reid is doubling down on his opposition to a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain — and he’s reaching ...

Las Vegas airport gets $16.3 million from feds for runway resurfacing

Fri, Jul 17, 2015

McCarran International Airport is getting a $16.3 million grant from the federal Department of Transportation to continue a runway resurfacing project. The money will be used to ...

Harry Reid’s brother pleads no contest to 2 misdemeanors in DUI case

Tue, Jul 14, 2015

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's brother pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor driving under the influence and resisting arrest to close a case stemming from an arrest five months ago. Larry ...

With Obama’s help, Harry Reid leaving an indelible mark in the Nevada desert

Wed, Jul 8, 2015

When President Obama and Sen. Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) flew to Las Vegas in November to tout the president’s plan to block the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, Reid ...

Rep. Joe Heck to run for Harry Reid’s U.S. Senate seat

Mon, Jul 6, 2015

Setting up a battle that could tip control of the Senate in 2016, U.S. Rep. Joe Heck announced on Monday he will be a GOP contender for Harry Reid's U.S. ...

Reid says he didn’t urge UNLV to rethink its mascot

Tue, Jun 23, 2015

No, Harry Reid is not calling on UNLV to change the name of the Runnin’ Rebels or get rid of Hey Reb! because they could be construed as a reference ...

Harry Reid calls on UNLV to consider changing ‘rebel’ mascot

Tue, Jun 23, 2015

Sen. Harry Reid says Nevada higher education officials should look at changing the Confederate-themed mascot at UNLV. Reid told reporters in Washington D.C. on Tuesday that Nevada's Board of Regents ...

What will Harry Reid’s life after Senate leadership look like in 2017?

Mon, Jun 22, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says he has no plans for what he’ll do after he retires from Congress in January 2017. “I don’t know what I’m doing to do,” ...

Harry Reid takes another jab at the NFL over Redskins

Tue, Jun 9, 2015

Continuing a long string of criticism against the NFL, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid today blasted the league for not changing the name of the Washington Redskins, a moniker some consider ...

Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison won’t run for Reid’s Senate seat

Tue, Jun 9, 2015

Nevada Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison is ruling himself out of the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Harry Reid. The Republican told The Associated Press ...

GOP must reckon with Reid in Nevada, even on his way out

Fri, Jun 5, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is at it again. Known for meddling in politics at all levels in his home state of Nevada, the Democrat intervened earlier this week to ...

U.S. Rep. Dina Titus won’t run for Harry Reid’s Senate seat

Tue, May 26, 2015

U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, widely believed to have been contemplating a bid to replace outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, announced plans to run for re-election ...

Trial date set for Sen. Harry Reid’s brother on DUI, weapons charges

Tue, May 19, 2015

A lawyer entered a not-guilty plea Tuesday before a local judge on behalf of the brother of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, and he obtained a July trial date for ...

Harry Reid: Raise the cap to allow more rooftop solar

Thu, May 14, 2015

The cap limiting how many homeowners in Nevada can provide solar power to the energy grid is “way too low,” said U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic minority leader. Reid’s ...

Free trade divides top Democrats: Obama vs. Reid

Mon, May 11, 2015

Obama is trying to work around Reid to get two trade deals approved by Congress, one with 12 Asian-Pacific countries and another with Europe. Reid opposes both. “I have never, ...

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
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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)
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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