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Sen. Harry Reid to lie in state in U.S. Capitol Rotunda

Events honoring the former Democratic leader, including formal arrival and departure, will be limited to invited guests only.
Image: FILE - Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Dies at 82
Harry Reid, D-Nev., then the Senate majority leader, answers questions after the weekly Democratic policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in September 2014.Win McNamee / Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who served as majority leader during a 30-year career in the Senate, will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda next week.

The leaders of Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, said in a statement Sunday night that ceremonies honoring Reid at the Capitol will take place on Jan. 12.

Events will include a formal arrival and departure ceremony. Details are to be announced later. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ceremony will be limited to invited guests only.

“Few dedicated their life and career to working for and delivering for working families like Harry Reid, and it will be an honor to pay tribute to him in the Capitol next week,” Schumer said. Pelosi said it was her “solemn honor” to pay tribute to “a legendary leader, a great American and my dear friend.”

Reid, 82, who had pancreatic cancer, died Tuesday at his home in Henderson, Nevada. A memorial service is planned for Saturday in Las Vegas.

Beginning with his election to the U.S. House in 1982, Reid served in Congress longer than anyone else in Nevada history. He retired from the Senate in 2016.