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|Place of birth = Brooklyn, New York
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|Profession = Physician
|Profession = Physician
|Net worth = $2,304,524
|Net worth = $2,321,025.50
|Religion = Roman Catholic
|Religion = Roman Catholic
|Office website = http://harris.house.gov/
|Office website = http://harris.house.gov/

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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 4
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
Date of birthJanuary 25, 1957
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
Net worth$2,321,025.50
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 officially filed for re-election on January 8, 2014.[2] 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 and served as a physician in the U.S. Naval Reserves.[3]

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 on January 25, 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.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Harris' professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Harris serves on the following committees:[4]

  • 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:[5]

Maryland State Senate



Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Harris's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Harris said on September 3, 2013, that he did not support U.S. military intervention in Syria.[8]

"The decision to engage militarily is one of the most serious a member of Congress can make, and, although at this point I would not vote for military intervention, I plan to examine all of the evidence before making a decision," Harris said in a statement.[8] "I appreciate President Obama fulfilling his constitutional obligation by seeking congressional authorization before using military force in Syria," Harris said. "There are serious questions about whether taking military action against Syria is in our national security interest and how the United States should respond to nations around the world who use chemical weapons against their own citizens."[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Harris voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Harris voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Harris voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]


Voted "Yes" Harris voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[11] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[12] Harris voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[14] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Harris voted against HR 2775.[15]

Statement on government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Harris closed his district offices, furloughed his district staff and donated his paycheck as a result of the government shutdown that began October 1, 2013.[16]

After closing his offices, Harris ran his office with two staff members.[16] Congressional guidance for operations during a shutdown dictates that members may retain staff essential for activities related to legislation and protecting lives or property.[16]

Harris posted an announcement on his website before the shutdown, letting constituents know staff members would not be allowed to report to work, check emails or respond to messages. “This will likely result in a delay in responses to your inquiries,” the message reads.[16]

In a statement released October 1, 2013, Harris blamed the Senate and President Barack Obama for the shutdown. He said the House would act on a daily basis to restore temporary funds to parts of the government that were “inappropriately shut down by the president,” such as money for troops, veterans’ disability claims and national parks.[16]

“While the House waits for the Senate and president to agree to start the negotiations necessary to end the partial shutdown, the House will continue to attempt to end the special treatment of big businesses and members of Congress and their staff under Obamacare,” Harris said.[16]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Harris voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]


Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Harris voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Harris voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Harris voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

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."[17]

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. [18]

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.[19]

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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[20]

Campaign themes


The following policy positions were highlighted on Harris' campaign website.[21]

  • 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."[22]
  • 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."[22]
  • Energy: "Energy independence should be a priority in formulating American energy policy."[22]
  • 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."[22]
  • 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."[22]
  • 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."[22]



See also: Maryland's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

He officially filed for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014 on January 8, 2014.[23] He sought the Republican nomination in the primary election.[24]. The general election took 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 general election on November 6, 2012. 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.[25]

Andrew Harris, "9/28/2012"[26]
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.[29]

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.[30]

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.[31]


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 .[39]

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.[40]


Below are Harris' top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[41]

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.[42]

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.[43]

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.[44]

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 January 2011 to March 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.[45]

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.[46]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Harris was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Harris's staff was given an apparent $22,750.00 in bonus money.[47]

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's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $976,052 and $3,665,999. That averages to $2,321,025.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Harris ranked as the 135th most wealthy representative in 2012.[48]

Andy Harris Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

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 in the previous year.


Harris ranked 20th in the conservative rankings in 2012. This was the most conservative ranking earned by a representative of Maryland.[49]


Harris ranked 158th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[50]

Voting with party

June 2013

Andy Harris voted with the Republican Party 93.4% of the time, which ranked 129 among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[51]


Harris lives in Cockeysville, Maryland, with his wife, Sylvia, and their five children.[52]

Recent news

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See also

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. Delmara Now, "Harris files to run again," accessed January 13, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Andy Harri,s" Accessed November 29, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," Accessed November 29, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Baltimore Sun, "Harris says he's leaning against vote on Syria," accessed September 4, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Project Votesmart, "Mike Harris Key Vote," accessed October 1, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 Demarv Now, "Shutdown's impact: Andy Harris, Ben Cardin close officers, furlough workers," accessed October 2, 2013
  17. Gazette.Net, "Reporters Notebook: College Park readies for ‘Legislators II: Harris' Revenge'," November 13, 2009
  18. Cecil Whig, "Harris endorses Newt Gingrich for president," December 1, 2011
  19. Baltimore Sun, "Rep. Andy Harris helps save 2-year-old on side of highway," Accessed October 3, 2012
  20. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," Accessed January 4, 2013.
  21. Andrew Harris' Official Campaign Website
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 Andrew Harris' Official Campaign Website
  23. Delmara Now, "Harris files to run again," accessed January 13, 2014
  24. Chestertownspy.com, "Dr. John LaFerla Announces 2014 Run For First District," April 2013
  25. The Baltimore Sun, "Democrat drops challenge to Harris after allegations she voted in two states," September 10, 2012
  26. YouTube channel
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. Maryland State Senate official election results for 2006
  30. Open Secrets, "Andrew Harris," Accessed May 16, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission "Andrew Harris 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Andy Harris April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Andy Harris July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 15, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  39. Open Secrets, "Andy Harris 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  40. Open Secrets, "Andy Harris 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
  41. Follow the Money, "Andrew Harris 2008," retrieved October 21, 2009
  42. Follow the Money's report on Harris' 2006 campaign contributions
  43. Gov Track, "Andy Harris," Accessed June 21, 2013
  44. OpenCongress, "Andy Harris," Accessed August 5, 2013
  45. GovTrack, "Andrew Harris," Accessed April 2013
  46. LegiStorm "Andy Harris"
  47. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  48. OpenSecrets.org, "Harris, (R-MD), 2012"
  49. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  50. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  52. Official House Site, "Full Biography," Accessed November 29, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Kratovil
U.S. House of Representatives - Maryland, District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Maryland State Senate
Succeeded by