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David Harris
David Harris.jpg
Illinois House of Representatives District 53
In office
1983-1993, January 12, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position (current service)4
Years in position (previous service)10
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolSt. Viator
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University
Military service
Service/branchAdjutant General, Illinois National Guard, Iraq
Years of service1999 - 2003
ProfessionIraq reconstruction
Office website
Campaign website
David Harris is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 53. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He previously served in the Illinois House from 1983 to 1993.


Harris earned a B.A. from Georgetown University. His professional experience includes working as Deputy Director and Chief of Staff in the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office of the U.S. State Department and a military analyst for WGN-TV in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Army and the Illinois National Guard for a total of 33 years before retiring at the rank of Major General in 2003.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations-General Service
Mass Transit
Revenue & Finance
State Government Administration
Transportation: Vehicles & Safety


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Harris served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Harris' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • State Budget
Excerpt: "It is time for these fiscal shenanigans to end. By any measureable standard of fiscal responsibility, Illinois is at or near the bottom among the 50 states. We share the dubious distinction with basket-case California of having the lowest bond rating of any state in the nation."
  • State Debt
Excerpt: "The State of Illinois has no rational plan on how to get out of its budget deficit and that brings into question how it plans to repay the mountain of debt we have incurred. The lack of a coherent plan is one of the key reasons why the rating agencies have rated Illinois bonds at the bottom of the barrel among the states."
  • Term Limits
Excerpt: "I believe firmly in term limits for all elected state officials. I also feel that the legislative leaders of the Illinois House and Illinois Senate should be subject to term limits on the length of time that they can serve as legislative leaders."
  • Firearms
Excerpt: "There are many issues surrounding the ownership of firearms. Those issues, however, do not diminish the basic constitutional rights specified in our Constitutions. I support the right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms."
  • Abortion
Excerpt: "I am a pro-life candidate. I oppose abortion except in cases of reported rape, incest or when an abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother. Further, I support the Parental Notification law, which requires that a parent, grandparent or court-appointed guardian be notified when an abortion is to be performed on an unemancipated minor."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent David Harris ran unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]


See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Harris won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 53. Harris was unopposed in the March 20 Republican primary and defeated Curt Renz (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 53, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Harris Incumbent 59.2% 28,092
     Democratic Curt Renz 40.8% 19,346
Total Votes 47,438


Harris defeated Democratic incumbent Mark Walker in the state's November 2, 2010, general election.[9]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 66 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png David Harris (R) 16,147 53.99%
Mark Walker (D) 13,763 46.01%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Harris is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Harris raised a total of $536,327 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 22, 2013.[10]

David Harris's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 53 Won $68,101
2010 Illinois State House, District 66 Won $468,226
Grand Total Raised $536,327


Harris won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Harris raised a total of $68,101.


Harris won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Harris raised a total of $16,147.


Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[11][12]


Harris received a score of 75.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of B- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 12th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[12]


Presidential preference


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

David Harris endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [13]


He and his wife, Michelle, have two children, one of which has followed his father's footsteps as a Captain in the U.S. Army.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sidney Mathias (R)
Illinois House of Representatives District 53
2013 – Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mark Walker (D)
Illinois House of Representatives District 66
2011 – 2013
Succeeded by
Michael W. Tryon (R)