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Biden to attend Reid funeral; Obama to deliver eulogy

Jon Ralston
Jon Ralston

UPDATED, 1/5/22, noon:

Former President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy for Reid, the family confirmed Wednesday.

Other speakers include President Joe Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Reid family members also are expected to speak as will Elder M. Russell Ballard, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Two of Reid's favorite artists, Brandon Flowers of The Killers and the legendary Carole King, will perform.

“We are honored to have such a distinguished group paying tribute to Harry’s life and accomplishments,” Landra Reid said. “These are not only some of the most consequential leaders of our time – they are also some of Harry’s best friends. Harry and our family have always had such love and admiration for each of them and their families. Harry loved every minute of his decades working with these leaders and the incredible things they accomplished together. We’re touched to have two of Harry’s favorite artists joining us as well. Our family is eternally grateful for Brandon and everything he’s done for Harry and us over the years. And the thought of having Carole King performing in Harry’s honor is a tribute that’s truly beyond words. We can’t thank everyone enough for joining us to commemorate Harry's legacy.”

The funeral will be livestreamed here beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 8.


President Joe Biden and the first lady will travel to Las Vegas this weekend to attend the funeral for Harry Reid, sources confirm.

Reid, the former Senate Democratic leader, passed away last week at the age of 82 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Reid and Biden served in the Senate together for two decades.

The funeral is Saturday morning at The Smith Center in Las Vegas. This is the president’s first trip to Nevada since he was elected.

Ex-President Barack Obama is also expected to attend and deliver a eulogy.


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