Chris Harris (Texas)
|Texas State Senate, District 9|
|1991 - 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
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.
Chris Harris represents District 9, which includes parts the county of Tarrant, Texas.
Chris Harris served on the following Texas Senate committees:
- Jurisprudence Committee Chair
- Business & Commerce Committee
- Economic Development Committee
- Transportation & Homeland Security Administration
- Economic Development Committee, Texas State Senate
- Business & Commerce Committee, Texas State Senate
- Finance Committee, Texas State Senate
- Jurisprudence Committee, Texas State Senate
- State Affairs Committee, Texas State Senate
Harris raised $991,967 for his campaign while Willms and Nulsen each raised $0.
|Texas State Senate, District 9 (2008)|
|Chris Harris (R)||125,443||54.08%|
|Melvin Willms (D)||100,509||43.33%|
|Carl Nulsen (L)||5,991||2.58%|
In 2008, a year in which Harris was up for re-election, he collected $991,967 in donations. 
His six largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Texans for Lawsuit Reform||$70,000|
|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. 
His five largest contributors in 2004 were:
|Provost and Umphrey||$30,000|
|Texas Association of Mortgage Attorneys PAC||$25,000|
|Texas Medical Association||$12,589|
|Baron and Budd||$10,000|
In 2002, a year in which Harris was up for re-election, he collected $317,196 in donations. 
His four largest contributors in 2002 were:
|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
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." 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.
- Official website of Chris Harris
- Chris Harris legislative profile on Project Vote Smart
- Chris Harris bio on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000
|Texas Senate District 9
| Succeeded by|
Kelly Hancock (R)