Harry Reid

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Harry Reid
United States Senator
from Nevada
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 1987
Serving with Dean Heller
Preceded by Paul Laxalt
Senate Majority Leader
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Deputy Dick Durbin
Preceded by Bill Frist
Senate Minority Leader
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Deputy Dick Durbin
Preceded by Tom Daschle
Succeeded by Mitch McConnell
Senate Minority Whip
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2005
Leader Tom Daschle
Preceded by Don Nickles
Succeeded by Dick Durbin
In office
January 20, 2001 – June 6, 2001
Leader Tom Daschle
Preceded by Don Nickles
Succeeded by Don Nickles
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2001
Leader Tom Daschle
Preceded by Wendell Ford
Succeeded by Don Nickles
Senate Majority Whip
In office
June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Leader Tom Daschle
Preceded by Don Nickles
Succeeded by Mitch McConnell
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 20, 2001
Leader Tom Daschle
Preceded by Don Nickles
Succeeded by Don Nickles
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nevada's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1987
Preceded by James David Santini (At-large)
Succeeded by James Bilbray
25th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
In office
January 1971 – January 1975
Governor Mike O'Callaghan
Preceded by Edward Fike
Succeeded by Robert Rose
Member of the Nevada Assembly
In office
1969–1971
Personal details
Born Harry Mason Reid
December 2, 1939 (1939-12-02) (age 74)
Searchlight, Nevada, U.S.
Nationality United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Landra Gould
Children Lana Reid
Rory Reid
Leif Reid
Josh Reid
Key Reid
Residence Searchlight, Nevada, U.S.,
Washington, D.C.
Alma mater Southern Utah University
Utah State University
George Washington University
Profession Attorney
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Signature
Website reid.senate.gov

Harry Mason Reid (born December 2, 1939) is the senior United States senator from Nevada. He is a member of the United States Democratic Party, and is their leader in the Senate. Earlier, Reid was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Nevada and Lieutenant Governor of Nevada.

Early life[change | change source]

Reid was born on December 2, 1939 in Searchlight, Nevada[1]. He studied at Southern Utah University, at Utah State University, and at George Washington University.

Career[change | change source]

He returned to Nevada after law school and served as Henderson city attorney before being elected to the Nevada Assembly in 1968. In 1970, at age 30, Reid was chosen by O'Callaghan as his running mate for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada. Reid and his mentor O'Callaghan won the race and Reid served as lieutenant governor from 1971 until 1974. Reid became the youngest lieutenant governor in Nevada's history.[2] When he ran for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Alan Bible. He lost by fewer than 600 votes to former Governor Paul Laxalt. In 1975, Reid ran for Mayor of Las Vegas and lost to Bill Briare.[3]

Representative[change | change source]

Nevada had only a single at-large member in the United States House of Representatives, but population growth in the 1970s caused in the state picking up a second district. Reid won the Democratic nomination for the Nevada's 1st congressional district, based in Las Vegas, in 1982, and easily won the general election. He served two terms in the House, from 1983 to 1987.

Senator[change | change source]

In 1986, Reid won the Democratic nomination for the seat of retiring two-term current Republican Senator Paul Laxalt. He defeated former at-large Congressman Jim Santini, a Democrat who had turned Republican, in the November election. He coasted to reelection in 1992. However, he barely defeated 1st District Congressman John Ensign in 1998 in the midst of a statewide Republican sweep.

In 2004, Reid won reelection with 61 percent of the vote, gaining the endorsement of several Republicans.

Ensign was elected to Nevada's other Senate seat in 2000. He and Reid have a very good relationship, despite their bruising contest in 1998. The two frequently worked together on Nevada issues until Ensign was forced to resign his Senate seat.[4]

While Reid won the Democratic nomination with 75% of the vote in the June 8 primary, he faced a competitive general election for the 2010 Senate race in Nevada. Reid engaged in a $1 million media campaign to "reintroduce himself" to Nevada's voters.[5] He defeated Republican challenger Sharron Angle in the general election.

Personal life[change | change source]

He is married to Landra Gould. They have 5 children. He now lives in Searchlight, Nevada and in Washington, D.C..

References[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

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