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Harry Reid buried at a family function in Searchlight, Nevada | Nation World News

FILE - Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks at the Capitol on July 9, 2002.  Reid is buried in a desert cemetery a week later in his hometown of Searchlight, Nev., Thursday, January 13, 2022.  Celebrations in Las Vegas and the US Capitol honor their decades that have shaped state and national policies.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, FILE)

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FILE – Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks at the Capitol on July 9, 2002. Reid is buried in a desert cemetery a week later in his hometown of Searchlight, Nev., Thursday, January 13, 2022. Celebrations in Las Vegas and the US Capitol honor their decades that have shaped state and national policies. ( Associated Press Photo/Susan Walsh, FILE)

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FILE – Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks at the Capitol on July 9, 2002. Reid is buried in a desert cemetery a week later in his hometown of Searchlight, Nev., Thursday, January 13, 2022. Celebrations in Las Vegas and the US Capitol honor their decades that have shaped state and national policies. ( Associated Press Photo/Susan Walsh, FILE)

LAS VEGAS ( Associated Press) – The late Sen. Harry Reid was buried Thursday in a desert cemetery in Las Vegas and the US Capitol in his hometown of Searchlight, Nevada, honoring his decades shaping state and national policies.

Family members wanted the graveside service to be private, said Brian Ahern, a former Reed press associate and speechwriter who is now a spokesman for MGM Resorts International and a representative for Reid’s family. Ahern only confirmed that the burial had taken place.

Reed died on December 28 at home in Henderson, Nevada, of 82 complications from pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Landra Reid, their five children and grandchildren who knew him as “Poppy”.

President Joe Biden, who called the former Democratic Party leader “one of the greatest Senate majority leaders in history,” attended a memorial that brought more than 2,000 invited guests to a concert hall in Las Vegas last Saturday. attracted. Biden also visited Reed’s flag-wrapped coffin as Reid lay in state on the Capitol Rotunda in Washington on Wednesday.

Reid served longer in Congress than anyone in Nevada. He was the Senate majority leader during two presidential terms: Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama. He retired in 2016.

Remembered by many for the abrupt end of the telephone conversation, Reid was a belligerent former boxer-turned-lawyer who was widely acknowledged as one of the toughest bargainers in Congress.

He is credited with securing a national economic reform bill during the Great Recession and introducing Obama’s landmark health care legislation through the Senate.

In Nevada, he was elected to the state legislature at age 28 and became lieutenant governor at age 30 as Governor Mike O’Callaghan’s 1970 running mate.

In 1980, as head of the Nevada Gaming Commission investigating organized crime, Reid was the target of a car bomb that failed to detonate.

In Searchlight, which was once a gold mining boom town with fewer than 500 residents about an hour’s drive south of Las Vegas, Reid’s father, a hardened rock miner, killed himself when he was 58. . Reid’s mother did the laundry for Bordello.

Today, Harry Reid’s name is on the road leading to the city’s primary school and cemetery where his parents, other family members, and now Reed himself are buried.

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