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Former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid buried in Searchlight

Former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid was buried in Searchlight Thursday morning, according to a person familiar with the arrangements.

The private burial service was attended by family and came a day after national leaders honored the late senator at the U.S. Capitol.

Reid died Dec. 28 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

He ascended from humble beginnings in Searchlight to become the most powerful Democrat in the U.S. Senate, where he was instrumental in blocking the storage of nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain and passing the Obama administration’s landmark piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act.

President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, former President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York paid tribute to Reid at a memorial service in Las Vegas on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Reid became the first Nevadan to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol. He was the longest-serving U.S. senator in state history.

Contact Blake Apgar at bapgar@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5298. Follow @blakeapgar on Twitter.

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