Chris Harris (Texas)

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Chris Harris
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Texas State Senate, District 9
Former Officeholder
In office
1991 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1990
Term limitsN/A
Chris Harris is a former Republican member of the Texas State Senate representing District 9 from 1991 to 2013.

Harris attended Texas Christian University and later graduated with a J.D. from Baylor Law School in 1971.

In addition to being a senator, Harris is also an attorney and businessman. During his time in the state senate, he was the President Pro Tempore from 2000 to 2001. Prior to that, he was a member for the Texas House of Representatives from 1985 to 1990.[1]

District 9

Chris Harris represents District 9, which includes parts the county of Tarrant, Texas.[2]

Committee assignments


Chris Harris served on the following Texas Senate committees:




On Nov. 4, 2008, Harris won election to the 9th District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponents Melvin Willms and Carl Nulsen.[3]

Harris raised $991,967 for his campaign while Willms and Nulsen each raised $0.[4]

Texas State Senate, District 9 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Harris (R) 125,443 54.08%
Melvin Willms (D) 100,509 43.33%
Carl Nulsen (L) 5,991 2.58%

Campaign donors


In 2008, a year in which Harris was up for re-election, he collected $991,967 in donations.[5]

His six largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $70,000
Twenty-One PAC $25,000
Energy Future Holdings Corp $24,000
Texas Association of Realtors $22,500


In 2004, a year in which Harris was up for re-election, he collected $405,612 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2004 were:

Donor Amount
Provost and Umphrey $30,000
Texas Association of Mortgage Attorneys PAC $25,000
Texas Medical Association $12,589
Baron and Budd $10,000
Hillco Partners $10,000
Silber Pearlman $10,000


In 2002, a year in which Harris was up for re-election, he collected $317,196 in donations.[7]

His four largest contributors in 2002 were:

Donor Amount
State Comptroller of Public Accounts $13,172
Texas Medical Association $11,072
Texas Dental Association $8,000
Texas Automobile Dealers Association $7,500


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[8] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


Chris Harris received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Harris was born on February 22, 1948 in Pasadena, Ca. He and his wife, Tammy, have five children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Texas Senate District 9
Succeeded by
Kelly Hancock (R)