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Harry Reid Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 9:46 AM EST, Fri December 20, 2013

(CNN) -- Here is a look at the life of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democratic Senator from Nevada.

Birth date: December 2, 1939

Birth place: Searchlight, Nevada

Birth name: Harry Mason Reid

Father: Harry Reid Sr., miner

Mother: Inez (Jaynes) Reid

Marriage: Landra (Gould) Reid (1959-present)

Children: Key, 1974; Josh, 1971; Leif, 1968; Rory, 1962; Lana, 1961

Education: Southern Utah State College, A.S., 1959; Utah State University, B.S., 1961; George Washington School of Law, J.D., 1964

Religion: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Other Facts:
Senate Majority Leader is the highest elected office achieved by a Mormon in U.S. history.

He was a middleweight amateur boxer.

Reid and his wife both converted to the LDS church in college. He had been raised nonreligious and his wife was raised Jewish.

1961-1964 - U.S. Capitol police officer (while in law school).

1964-1966 - City Attorney for Henderson, Nevada.

1969-1970 - Member of the Nevada State Assembly.

1970-1974 - Wins election as the youngest lieutenant governor in Nevada history, at age 30.

1974 - Resigns as lieutenant governor to run for the U.S. Senate, but loses to Paul Laxalt.

1977-1981 - Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission.

January 1983-January 1987 - U.S. Representative from Nevada's 1st District.

November 4, 1986 - Wins election to the U.S. Senate.

November 3, 1992 - Wins a second term in the Senate.

November 3, 1998 - Re-elected to the U.S. Senate.

January 1999-January 2005 - Democratic party Whip in the Senate.

November 2, 2004 - Re-elected to the U.S. Senate.

2005-2007 - Senate Minority Leader.

2007-Present - Serves as the Senate Majority Leader.

January 9, 2010 - In a book titled "Game Change," a quote from Reid about Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election stirs racial controversy for which Reid apologizes.

March 26, 2010 - Reid, for the second time, votes incorrectly for the health care reconciliation bill. He is in support of the bill but when he was asked to place his vote, he accidentally yells "no".

November 2, 2010 - Is re-elected to the Senate.