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Landra and Harry Reid Marriage Profile

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Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and Landra Reid in Washington, DC on January 4, 2005.

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The successful marriage of Landra and Harry Reid shows the importance of supporting and respecting one another. Here is information on how Harry and Landra met, their wedding, and more.

News Updates:

3/11/2010: Landra Reid and their daughter were seriously injured when their minivan was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer truck. The accident took place on I-95 in Fairfax County, Virginia. Their injuries were considered non-life threatening.

Born:

Harry Mason Reid: December 2, 1939 in Searchlight, Nevada.

Landra Joy Gould: June 9, 1940 in Los Angeles, California.

Where Harry and Landra Met:

Landra met Harry at Basic High School in Henderson, Nevada.
Harry: "As soon as we became acquainted, I asked Landra to homecoming, but she was already committed ... So I tried again and we just went on a regular date, to a movie at the Victory Theater. I borrowed Larry Perryman's car, because I didn't have a car of my own. Larry's car didn't have a starter that worked, so you had to park it on a hill and coast to get it started. So there we were after the movie, on our first date, pushing the car. This is not the way you want things to go. But then, well, I looked over at Landra, and that smile just redeemed the night. She was of such good cheer about it. Who cares about the car! Something that could have been embarrassing became funny. There are moments that turn a life, and that stay with you until the last breath. This was one of those moments for me. And that was it. Somehow, she would choose me. Landra Gould and I just belonged together."
Source: Harry Reid, Mark Warren. The Good Fight. 2008. pg. 101.

Wedding Date:

Harry and Landra were married on September 12, 1959 at the Mormon church in Henderson, Nevada. Their wedding ceremony was performed by Bishop J. Marlan Walker. Landra and Harry had their wedding dinner at Fong's Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their honeymoon was one night in Mesquite, Nevada.
Harry: "It was an intimate, happy affair. We left our friends after our wedding and dined alone, because when you're eloping against her parents' wishes, you generally don't alert the media ... Months in the planning, the wedding had gone off without a hitch. The secret had remained a secret to all but those gathered at the church for the unusual ceremony."
Source: Harry Reid, Mark Warren. The Good Fight. 2008. pgs. 123-124.

Children:

Harry and Landra have 5 children and 16 grandchildren.
  • Lana Reid Barringer: Born in 1961. Teacher.
  • Rory Reid: Born in 1962. Clark County, Nevada Commissioner.
  • Leif Reid: Born abt. 1968. Attorney.
  • Josh Reid: Born abt. 1971. Environmental attorney.
  • Key Reid: Born abt. 1974. Attorney.

Residence:

Harry and Landra have a home in Searchlight, Nevada.

Occupations:

Harry: United States Senator since 1986, author, Senate Majority leader, Congressman from 1983 to 1987, Henderson City Attorney, member of the Nevada Assembly, Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission from 1977-1981, U.S. Capitol police officer, boxer.
Books by Harry Reid:
Searchlight: The Camp That Didn't Fail
by Harry Reid. 2007. Compare Prices

The Good Fight: Hard Lessons from Searchlight to Washington
by Harry Reid with Mark Warren. 2008. Compare Prices

Quotes About the Marriage of Landra and Harry Reid:

Harry: "Nor will I ever be able pay adequate tribute to my wife, Landra."
Source: Harry Reid, Mark Warren. The Good Fight. 2008. pg. 277.

Harry: "We've been together since high school, so of course no important decision would happen without her. In times of triumph and trouble, Landra is without fail the first person I turn to."
Source: Harry Reid, Mark Warren. The Good Fight. 2008. pg. 64.

Harry: "That night, soon after we were married, Landra called her parents. Her very religious father told her what she already knew. Jewish tradition holds, that if you marry out of the faith, in effect, a funeral is held for the one who married a non-Jew. But Earl Gould, born in Russia under the name of Israel Goldfarb, said ... you are our only child. We did all we could to separate the two of you and failed. He said, we choose not to follow this rule of abandoning you. You are our only child and we will now do everything in our power to make you happy."
Source: "Sen. Harry Reid's Speech." BYUDemocrats.org. 10/09/2007.

Suzan DiBella: "He credits his wife for giving up her own college education so he could pursue his. 'It was a sacrifice for her,' he says of her willingness to take a job at a chemical company after leaving her studies at Nevada Southern [now UNLV]. 'She actually put me through school. Frankly, when I look back on it now, I don't know how we did it.'"
Source: Suzan DiBella. "Connected at the Roots." UNLV.edu. Fall 2004.

Harry: "She's [Landra] much smarter than I am."
Source: Suzan DiBella. "Landra Reid Puts Political Science Coursework to Use." UNLV.edu. Fall 2004.

Harry: "I worked six nights a week as a Capitol police officer and went to law school during the day. If it hadn't been for the strong personality of my shy, quiet wife, I would have quit law school. But she, being the person she is, basically told me, 'Look, we"re back here; stay and finish. Don't quit now.'"
Source: Suzan DiBella. "Connected at the Roots." UNLV.edu. Fall 2004.

Landra: "You can disagree on Harry Reid's greatest accomplishment. Some say that it is being born in a small wooden shack and rising above it to become a U.S. senator. Others talk about the laws he's passed . . . But for me, Harry Reid's greatest accomplishment is being a devoted husband and father who helped raise five exceptional children. His being a senator is great, but having the love and respect of your family is the ultimate accomplishment."
Source: Lou Cannon. "Demographic Changes Leave Nevada Senator in Jeopardy." The Washington Post. 9/25/1998. pg. A19.

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