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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Harris' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,525,050 and $4,050,000. That averages to $2,787,525, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00029147&year=2010''OpenSecrets.org,'' "Harris, (R-Maryland), 2010"]</ref>
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Harris' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,525,050 and $4,050,000. That averages to $2,787,525, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00029147&year=2010''OpenSecrets.org,'' "Harris, (R-Maryland), 2010"]</ref>
===National Journal vote ratings===
===National Journal vote ratings===

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Andy Harris
Andy Harris.jpg
U.S. House, Maryland, District 1
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorFrank Kratovil (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,921,195
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maryland State Senate
Bachelor'sJohns Hopkins University
Master'sJohns Hopkins University
M.D.Johns Hopkins University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Naval Reserve
Years of service1988-2010
BirthdayJanuary 25, 1957
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
Net worth$2,304,524
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Andy Harris campaign logo
Andrew P. "Andy" Harris (b. January 25, 1957, in Brooklyn, New York) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Maryland's 1st congressional district. Harris was first elected to the House in 2010 and is currently serving his second consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012. [1]

Harris is set to run for re-election in Maryland's 1st congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014. He will face a rematch against his 2012 Democratic challenger, John LaFerla in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his election in the House Harris was a member of the Maine State Senate as well as serving as a physician in the U.S. Naval Reserves.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Harris is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Harris was born in 1957 in Brooklyn, New York. He earned his B.S. and M.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1977 and 1980, respectively. He went on to earn his M.H.S. from Johns Hopkins in 1995. Prior to his political career, Harris worked as a physician, also serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1988-2010.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Harris' professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Harris serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch


Harris served on the following House committees:[4]

Maryland State Senate



Pornography on campus

In April 2009 Harris tried to prevent the University of Maryland, College Park from holding a screening of the pornographic film "Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge." After the university system's Board of Regents refused to adopt a policy on obscene material, Harris attempted to get the legislature to pull funding from UMCP and any other university where such material was shown. Harris declared, "We can't be spending taxpayers' dollars for the screening of pornographic materials on campuses. That's not good policy."[5]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Andrew Harris endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [6]

Unique news

Harris, a medical doctor, was credited with helping to save the life of a two year old along the side of highway route 50 on August 26, 2012.[7]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Harris voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]

Campaign themes


The following policy positions were highlighted on Harris' campaign website.[9]

  • Health Care: "I support replacing the President’s healthcare law with other common sense reform measures, like increasing competition between insurance companies by allowing competition across state lines, tax deductibility of 100% of medical costs, expanding health insurance savings accounts and other measures that allow you to be in control of your health care decisions."[10]
  • Economy and Jobs: "I support a measure that will place a one-year moratorium on any further government regulations. I continue to fight back attempts to increase unnecessary regulatory burdens on business."[10]
  • Energy: "Energy independence should be a priority in formulating American energy policy."[10]
  • The Debt and Government Spending: "I cosponsored the Balanced Budget Amendment that would require the federal government to live within its means, just like you and I do... I also support the Paul Ryan budget plan that would eventually (although not as quickly as I’d like), pay off our debt and balance the budget in Washington D.C."[10]
  • Education: "I am a strong proponent of parental choice to help give our children the best opportunities to succeed. As a member of the Maryland State Senate, I played an instrumental part in establishing charter schools in Maryland."[10]
  • Immigration & the Dream Act: "In the Maryland Senate, I voted against the Dream Act, a policy that gives discounted and taxpayer subsidized in-state college tuition rates to students who are not here legally."[10]



See also: Maryland's 1st congressional district elections, 2014

Harris is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election, facing Democratic candidate John LaFerla[11]. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Maryland's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Harris won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Maryland's 1st District.

Harris ran unopposed in the Republican primary on April 3, 2012. He defeated John LaFerla (D write-in), Michael Calpino (I), and Muir Boda (L) in the November 6, 2012 general election. Wendy Rosen was slated to appear as the Democratic candidate but she withdrew in September 2012, following allegations that she voted in two different states in 2006 and 2008. Her name still appeared on the ballot but all votes for her were counted for LaFerla.[12]

Andrew Harris, "9/28/2012"[13]
U.S. House, Maryland District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Harris Incumbent 63.4% 214,204
     Democratic Wendy Rosen 27.5% 92,812
     Libertarian Muir Boda 3.8% 12,857
     Democratic John LaFerla (Write-in) 4.4% 14,858
     Independent Michael Calpino (Write-in) 0% 71
     Independent Douglas Dryden Rae (Write-in) 0% 26
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.9% 2,932
Total Votes 337,760
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

Full history


On November 07, 2006, Harris ran for District 7 of the Maryland State Senate, beating Patricia Foerster.[16]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Harris is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Harris raised a total of $6,921,195 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[17]

Andrew Harris's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Maryland, District 1) Won $1,595,563
2010 U.S. House (Maryland, District 1) Won $2,359,142
2008 U.S. House (Maryland, District 1) Defeated $2,966,490
Grand Total Raised $6,921,195


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Harris’ reports.[18]

Andy Harris (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2013$170,079.82$133,176.07$(42,064.05)$261,191.84
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2013$261,191.84$266,675.25$(77,122.94)$450,744.15
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Harris' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Harris won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Harris' campaign committee raised a total of $1,595,563 and spent $1,445,786 .[21]

Cost per vote

Harris spent $6.75 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Harris' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Harris won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Harris' campaign committee raised a total of $2,359,142 and spent $2,383,184.[22]

U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 1st Congressional District, 2010 - Andrew Harris Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,359,142
Total Spent $2,383,184
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $2,642,168
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $2,621,893
Top contributors to Andrew Harris's campaign committee
Club for Growth$21,433
Anesthesia Service Medical Group$17,750
Schuster Concrete$17,300
Highstar Capital$16,400
Greater Houston Anesthesiology$15,750
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$438,520
Leadership PACs$93,801
Real Estate$69,732


Below are Harris' top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[23]

Contributor 2008 total
Maryland Society of Anesthesiologists $5,000
Physicians Anesthesia Associates PA $4,000
Neal T. Sakima $4,000
American Society of Anesthesiologists $4,000
Maryland State Medical Society $2,000


Harris raised $328,972 for his campaign.[24]

Maryland Senate, District 7
Candidates Votes Percent
Andrew Harris (R) 23,453 56.6%
Patricia Foerster (D) 17,972 43.3%
Write-Ins 35 0.1%


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Harris is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 21, 2013.[25]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[26]

Harris most often votes with:

Harris least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Harris missed 15 of 1,695 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Mar 2013, which is 0.9% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[27]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Harris paid his congressional staff a total of $799,896 in 2011. He ranked 49th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 56th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Maryland ranked 11th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[28]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Harris is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Harris's staff was given an apparent $22,750.00 in bonus money.[29]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Harris' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $974,049 and $3,634,999. This averages to $2,304,524, which is a 17.33% decrease since 2010. This is lower than the $7,859,232 average net worth for Republican representatives in 2011.[30]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Harris' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,525,050 and $4,050,000. That averages to $2,787,525, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[31]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Harris was ranked the 20th most conservative representative during 2012. This is the most conservative ranking earned by a representative of Maryland.[32]


According to the data released in 2012, Andrew Harris was ranked the 158th most conservative representative during 2011.[33]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Andy Harris has voted with the Republican Party 93.4% of the time, which ranked 129 among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[34]

Recent news

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Harris lives in Cockeysville, Maryland, with his wife, Sylvia, and their five children.[35]

External links

Contact information

State capital office:
James Senate Office Building, Room 320
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-841-3706 410-841-3706 or 301-858-3706
E-Mail: andrew.harris@senate.state.md.us


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Andy Harri,s" Accessed November 29, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," Accessed November 29, 2011
  5. Gazette.Net, "Reporters Notebook: College Park readies for ‘Legislators II: Harris' Revenge'," November 13, 2009
  6. Cecil Whig, "Harris endorses Newt Gingrich for president," December 1, 2011
  7. Baltimore Sun, "Rep. Andy Harris helps save 2-year-old on side of highway," Accessed October 3, 2012
  8. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Andrew Harris' Official Campaign Website
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Andrew Harris' Official Campaign Website
  11. Chestertownspy.com, "Dr. John LaFerla Announces 2014 Run For First District," April 2013
  12. The Baltimore Sun, "Democrat drops challenge to Harris after allegations she voted in two states," September 10, 2012
  13. YouTube channel
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. Maryland State Senate official election results for 2006
  17. Open Secrets, "Andrew Harris," Accessed May 16, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "Andy Harris Summary Report," Accessed July 25, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission "Andy Harris April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission "Andy Harris July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  21. Open Secrets, "Andy Harris 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  22. Open Secrets, "Andy Harris 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
  23. Follow the Money, "Andrew Harris 2008," retrieved October 21, 2009
  24. Follow the Money's report on Harris's 2006 campaign contributions
  25. Gov Track, "Andy Harris," Accessed June 21, 2013
  26. OpenCongress, "Andy Harris," Accessed August 5, 2013
  27. GovTrack, "Andrew Harris," Accessed April 2013
  28. LegiStorm "Andy Harris"
  29. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Harris, (R-Maryland), 2011"
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Harris, (R-Maryland), 2010"
  32. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  33. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  34. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  35. Official House Site, "Full Biography," Accessed November 29, 2011
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Frank Kratovil
U.S. House of Representatives - Maryland, District 1
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Preceded by
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