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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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Washington Memo: Puppies, Slurpees and bipartisanship in Nevada’s delegation

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Sen. Dean Heller bucked his party this week to support his colleague, Sen. Harry Reid. Heller was the only Republican ...

For Reid and McConnell, conflicts take a personal turn and play out in public

Thu, Jul 17, 2014

Four minutes after the Senate returned from its Fourth of July recess this week, Harry Reid laced into Mitch McConnell. Senate Republican leaders were throwing a “temper tantrum,” Reid told ...

Dina Titus takes on Yucca, and Dean Heller grills NCAA president

Fri, Jul 11, 2014

Nevada's congressional delegation tried its best this week to strip federal funding for research to store the nation's nuclear waste in Nevada's Yucca Mountain, but it was a futile effort ...

Harry Reid: Court’s ruling jeopardizes access to essential health care

Mon, Jun 30, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Congress will have to pick up where the Supreme Court left off after the court ruled that employers don’t have to provide contraceptives to ...

Where Harry Reid was born, some will miss him

Sat, Jun 28, 2014

One of the few signs of this mining town's most celebrated resident sits out on its lonely eastern flanks, disappearing into the desert like a dusty after-thought. Harry Reid Road ...

Washington memo: Rep. Joe Heck’s big week

Fri, Jun 27, 2014

Rep. Joe Heck probably had the Nevada delegation’s most successful week in Congress, and Sen. Dean Heller continued his fight to extend unemployment benefits for ...

Harry Reid on getting lampooned by ‘The Daily Show’: ‘Sometimes you step on your whatever’

Thu, Jun 26, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., conceded that his effort to distinguish between the money spent by Sheldon Adelson in politics and the money thrown around by...

Congress passes bill to help retrain workers

Wed, Jun 25, 2014

Congress approved a bill today to modernize workforce development programs, which in Nevada help train job-seekers for new industries and provide educational opportunities for workers. Congress last addressed workforce programs...

Steve Wynn, Gov. Brian Sandoval’s campaign among Nevadans with unclaimed property

Mon, Jun 23, 2014

Central Telephone owes Gov. Brian Sandoval’s campaign $500 in refunds from 2002. Gingko Acquisition Corp. owes hotel tycoon ...

Investigation details military drone crashes, including 12 in Nevada

Fri, Jun 20, 2014

Drones might help fuel Nevada’s economy in the coming years, but a Washington Post investigation calls into question the safety of unmanned aircraft. During a yearlong investigation, the Post said ...

Washington memo: Rep. Steven Horsford and the long road to getting things done

Fri, Jun 20, 2014

Sometimes, being a member of Congress isn’t that glamorous. Rep. Steven Horsford has spent his entire first year and a half ...

Harry Reid says billionaire Koch brothers ‘trying to buy America’

Thu, Jun 19, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid continued his vitriolic attacks on the Koch brothers today, calling them “the cult of Koch. Reid attacked...

Nevada advocates lobby Washington to oppose bigger trucks on roadways

Thu, Jun 19, 2014

Could the commercial trucks we share our highways with be getting bigger? Congress is mulling an idea to allow bigger and heavier semitrailers ...

Las Vegas gets $28M in tax breaks to spur development

Mon, Jun 16, 2014

Las Vegas now has $28 million in federal tax breaks to hand out to businesses that want to invest in lower-income areas. The city was awarded the tax breaks this ...

Democrats continue to hammer GOP with student loan bill

Wed, Jun 11, 2014

A vote on a bill to make federal student loans more affordable failed in the Senate on Wednesday, but Democrats aren’t worried. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats ...

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. ...
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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)
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Reid visits Three Square
Sen. Harry Reid makes an appearance at Three Square Food Bank to discuss Southern Nevada's ...

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