Harris McDowell

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Harris McDowell
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Delaware State Senate District 1
Incumbent
In office
1976 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 38
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$44,041/year
Per diem$7,334 annual expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1975
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Personal
BirthdayMarch 15, 1940
Place of birthMiddletown, DE
ProfessionSelf-employed
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Harris B. McDowell III (b. March 15, 1940) is a Democratic member of the Delaware State Senate, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 1975.

Biography

McDowell graduated from the University of Delaware and Georgetown University.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, McDowell served on the following committees:

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking
Children, Youth & Families, Chair
Energy & Transit, Chair
Ethics
Executive
Finance, Chair
Health & Social Services
Insurance
Judiciary
Permanent Rules

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, McDowell served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, McDowell served on these committees:[1]

Elections

2012

See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2012

McDowell ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Delaware State Senate District 1. McDowell defeated James Martin and David Brady in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012 and defeated Bryan Lintz and Robert Clark in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Delaware State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHarris McDowell Incumbent 85.3% 15,155
     Independent Robert Clark 11.6% 2,054
     Libertarian Brian Lintz 3.1% 555
Total Votes 17,764
Delaware State Senate, District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHarris McDowell Incumbent 52.2% 2,342
David D. Brady 36% 1,613
James Martin 11.8% 528
Total Votes 4,483

2010

See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2010

McDowell won re-election to the 1st District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the primary or the November 2, 2010, general election.[4]

Delaware State Senate District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHarris McDowell Incumbent 100% 11,862
Total Votes 11,862

2006

On November 7, 2006, McDowell won re-election to the Delaware State Senate from Delaware's 1st Senate District. McDowell defeated Gregory Chambers (R) and Tyler Nixon (Independent Party of Delaware). McDowell received 8,300 votes, Chambers received 3,752 votes, and Nixon received 799 votes.[5] McDowell raised $93,948 for his campaign, and his opponents raised the following amounts: Chambers ($41,202) and Nixon ($6,005).[6]

Delaware State Senate, District 1 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Harris McDowell (D) 8,300 64.6%
Gregory Chambers (R) 3,752 29.2%
Tyler Nixon (I) 799 6.2%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McDowell is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, McDowell raised a total of $164,252 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 18, 2013.[7]

Harris McDowell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware State Senate, District 1 Won $45,755
2010 Delaware State Senate, District 1 Won $13,619
2008 Delaware State Senate, District 1 Not up for election $10,930
2006 Delaware State Senate, District 1 Won $93,948
Grand Total Raised $164,252

2012

McDowell won re-election to the Delaware State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, McDowell raised a total of $45,755.
Delaware State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Harris McDowell's campaign in 2012
Cozen Oconnor Pc$1,200
Delaware State Afl-cio$900
Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Local 1$800
Wilmington Police & Fire Pension Task Force$650
Jp Morgan Chase & Co$600
Total Raised in 2012$45,755
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Delaware State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Harris McDowell's campaign in 2010
Kellys Logen House$800
Carpenters & Joiners Local 626$600
Velcro PAC$600
New Castle County Chamber Of Commerce$400
Maxwell & Associates$300
Total Raised in 2010 $13,619

2008

In 2008, a year in which he was not up for re-election, McDowell collected $10,930 in contributions.[8] McDowell's five largest contributors were as follows:

Donor Amount
Martha V. Dupont $600
Entertainment Software $600
Leon N. Winer and Associates Inc. $600
Joseph A. Hurley $600
New Colony North Co. $600

2006

In 2006, McDowell collected $93,948 in contributions.[9] His ten largest contributors were as follows:

Donor Amount
11th Democratic Representative District Committee $3,000
Delaware State Education Association $1,200
Teamsters Local 326 $1,200
Friends of Adams for Senator $1,200
Laborers Political League of Delaware $1,200
Carpenters and Joiners Local 626 $1,200
Cook for Senate Committee $1,200
Minner Campaign $1,200
Electrical Workers Local 313 $1,200
Artesian Water Company $1,150

Scorecards

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2013

In 2013, the Delaware General Assembly was in session from January 8 through July 1.[10]

Legislators are scored on their stances on "social and economic justice issues."

Personal

Harris and his wife, Sunee, live in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Delaware Senate District 1
1976–present
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