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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 upbeat about Democrats’ 2014 chances, less confident in Erin Bilbray, education initiative

Thu, Aug 21, 2014

Sen. Harry Reid, who runs the Democrats' political machine in Nevada and the U.S. Senate, remains upbeat about Democrats' chances in most, but not all, of the important races this ...

Harry Reid won’t help doomed Democrat’s bid for governor

Mon, Aug 18, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he won't waste his time raising money for the doomed campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Goodman in a bid to unseat ...

Congressional report card: The good, bad and incomplete of Nevada’s delegation

Sun, Aug 17, 2014

What went right for Nevada’s delegation? What went wrong? What’s yet to be done?

As Senate Republicans gain momentum, ‘Fire Harry Reid’ campaign grows louder

Thu, Aug 14, 2014

The strategy is to paint Reid, the Senate majority leader, as the boogeyman, especially for voters in Republican-leaning states with contested Senate races that could decide the future of the ...

Oklahoma man charged with threatening Sen. Harry Reid

Tue, Aug 12, 2014

A 31-year-old Tulsa man has been charged in federal court with threatening to kill U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and harm the Nevada lawmaker's family. In the 10-page complaint ...

Harry Reid met by protesters at New Jersey fundraiser

Mon, Aug 4, 2014

New Jersey Republicans turned a campaign fundraiser featuring U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid into a rallying point. More than 100 people protested outside the event Monday at a Cherry ...

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 ...

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)
Reid protest
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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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