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Harry Reid to lie in state at Capitol, Congress to honor late senator

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Lana Reid, daughter of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, speaks during a memorial service for her father.

WASHINGTON – The lateSenate Majority Leader Harry ReidWill lie in state inThe U.S. Capitol Rotunda was on Wednesday.

ReidNevada was served by? in the upper chamber for three decades, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer inEarly 2018. He died Dec. 28 atAge 82

ReidServed the longest senator inNevada’s past and as majority leader in the upper chamber since 2007 to 2015. He gained a reputation for soft-spoken ruthlessness as he clawed his way from Nevada’s lieutenant governor’s office toThe U.S. Senate’s pinnacle. 

The tradition of using the Capitol Rotunda toPay tribute to distinguished Americans began in 1852. Lying in stateIs an honor that has been bestowed on only 35 people in 169 years, according toThe Office of the Historian.

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A ceremonial arrival will take place at the beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET followed by a congressional memorial at 11 a.m. featuring speeches by congressional leaders. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the ceremony can’t be open. to invited guests.

A viewing period will occur 12:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. inFrom a ceremonial departure to the Capitol Rotunda at 5:00 p.m.  

More:Former US Sen. Harry ReidNevada, the former Democratic majority leader, has died at 82

ReidHe was stooped, bespectacled and a pro-gun, anti-life Democrat, and a devout Mormon. His first run for Senate failed. in1974. He was elected mayor of Las Vegas in 1974. Before winning his first Senate election, he was elected chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission. in 1986.

ReidThe funeral of’s mother was held on the weekend in Las Vegas, where President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and other prominent Democrats remembered his life and legacy. 

Biden, a former Senate friend of ReidFor 22 years at the funeral that “you wanted Harry in your corner,” crediting his leadership with pushing through some of the Obama administration’s greatest achievements while Biden was vice president: helping to rein inWall Street must be protected and Nevada’s environment protected.

“The thing about Harry – he never gave up,” Biden said. “Let there be no doubt. Harry ReidHe will be regarded as one of the greatest Senate Majority Leaders in history.”

President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff attend a memorial service for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at the Smith Center.

The last person to lie in state at the Capitol was former Sen. Bob Dole, a decorated World War II veteran and Kansas Republican lawmaker, who died inDecember 1, 2008 atage 98. Others have included Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September 2020, presidents dating to Abraham Lincoln, vice presidents, members of Congress, military leaders and unknown soldiers from World Wars I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. 

Contributing: James DeHaven, Reno Gazette-Journal; Courtney Subramanian, Joey Garrison, USA TODAY