REID, Harry



REID, Harry, A Senator and a Representative from Nevada; born in Searchlight, Nev., December 2, 1939; graduated, Southern Utah State College 1959, Utah State University 1961, and George Washington School of Law 1964; member, United States Capitol Police Force 1961-1964; admitted to the Nevada bar in 1963; city attorney, Henderson, Nev., 1964-1966; member, Nevada State assembly 1969-1970; lieutenant governor 1970-1974; chairman, Nevada Gaming Commission 1977-1981; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-eighth Congress in 1982; reelected to the Ninety-ninth Congress and served from January 3, 1983, to January 3, 1987; was not a candidate for reelection in 1986 to the House of Representatives, but was elected to the United States Senate in 1986; reelected in 1992, 1998, 2004 and again in 2010, and served from January 3, 1987, to January 3, 2017; chair, Committee on Environment and Public Works (One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 3-20, 2001]), Select Committee on Ethics (One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 3-January 20, 2001; June 6, 2001-January 3, 2003]); co-chair, Senate Democratic Conference, Democratic Policy Committee (1995-1999); Democratic party whip (1999-2005); minority leader and Democratic caucus chairman (2005-2007; 2015-2017); majority leader and Democratic caucus chairman (2007-2015); was not a candidate for reelection to the Senate in 2016; was a resident of Henderson, Nev., until his death on December 28, 2021; lay in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, January 12, 2022; interment in Searchlight Cemetery, Searchlight, Nev.

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External Research Collections

University of Nevada
Special Collections

Reno, NV
Papers: Congressional papers.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Reid, Harry. Searchlight: The Camp That Didn't Fail. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1998.

___, with Mark Warren. The Good Fight: Hard Lessons from Searchlight to Washington. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2008.

U.S. Congress. Tributes Delivered in Congress: Harry Reid, United States Congressman, 1983-1987, United States Senator, 1987-2017. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2017.

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