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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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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 ...

Sen. Harry Reid working from home after accident

Tue, Jan 6, 2015

Sen. Harry Reid will miss the first day of the 114th Congress after breaking several ribs and bones in his face and suffering a concussion in a fall while exercising ...

What’s ahead on the Hill: A look at issues Congress will tackle this year

Tue, Jan 6, 2015

As a new Congress convenes today, Sen. Harry Reid finds himself in the Senate minority for the first time in eight years. His actions over the next few weeks could ...

Eight years later: Harry Reid’s highs and lows as Senate majority leader

Tue, Dec 23, 2014

To understand the pinnacle of Sen. Harry Reid's career, let's go back nine years, to Election Day 2006. Senate Democrats were on the verge of taking control of the Senate ...

Congressional session is finally over: So what was in it for Nevada?

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Tax breaks and lands bills got the OK and Yucca Mountain got another stiff-arm during the lame-duck session of Congress, but Nevada lawmakers didn't get everything ...

Heller says Ted Cruz shows ‘disrespect’ for Senate colleagues

Tue, Dec 16, 2014

Count Nevada Sen. Dean Heller among Senate Republicans frustrated at the antics of colleague Ted Cruz, who kept the Senate open Saturday and allowed Sen. Harry Reid to ...

Reid says ‘right-wing wackos’ to blame for removing his name in Utah

Sun, Dec 14, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says there's a simple reason his name was removed from an outdoor-recreation center at his alma mater in Utah.

Titus: In steering lands bills through Congress, Reid pulled a miracle

Fri, Dec 5, 2014

In orchestrating a surprise deal involving a collection of Nevada lands bills, Sen. Harry Reid proved once again that ...

Is Harry Reid running again? Look to his birthday present for clues

Tue, Dec 2, 2014

For those wondering whether Sen. Harry Reid would seek re-election in 2016, a birthday message from his wife, Landra, to his supporters offers ...

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 ...

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Obama, Reid at Caesars (5-26-2009)
Reid protest
Reid Commissions Wind Turbine
Reid at the Boys & Girls Club
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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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