Earl Harris

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Earl Harris
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 2
Incumbent
In office
1982 - present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 32
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$22,660.46/year
Per diem$152/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 1982
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Personal
BirthdayNovember 8, 1941
ProfessionFixed Asset Administrator, East Chicago School Corporation
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Earl Harris (b. November 8, 1941) is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 2 and serving as Assistant Minority Floor Leader. He was first elected to the chamber in 1992.

Harris' professional experience includes working as a Fixed Asset Administrator with the East Chicago School Corporation and owner of the Kentucky Package Store. He served in the United States Navy.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules and Legislative Procedures
Statutory Committee on Ethics
Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Harris served on these committees:

Issues

Legislative walkout

Harris and 36 other Democratic representatives participated in a legislative walkout on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 in opposition to proposed legislation limiting union powers in Indiana. The Democratic departure left the House void of a quorum, leaving only 58 of the 67 Representatives needed to establish a quorum.[1] Terri Austin, Steven Stemler, and Vanessa Summers stayed behind to provide, if necessary, a motion and a seconding motion, which would enable them to stop any official business from proceeding should the Republicans try to do so.[1]

On March 7, House minority leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois.[2] According to the Indiana Constitution, Article 4, sections 11 and 14, the House may enforce fines and other methods to compel absent members to return. Beginning on March 7, the Democrats were subject to a fine of $250, to be withheld from future expense or salary payments, for each day they were not present in the statehouse.[3] Regarding their actual pay, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced that the 37 lawmakers were required to be physically present in the chambers to receive their per diem payment of $152/day.[2] This move came as a result of the approximated $40,000 in per diem payments automatically made to the legislators during their first seven days of absence. According to reports, the representatives promised to either return the money, or donate it to charity.[2]

March 22 marked the start of the fourth consecutive week of Democratic absenteeism, complete with an increased incentive to return. Governor Daniels and House Republicans upped the ante with daily fines increasing from $250/day to $350/day, effective Monday, March 21. Despite the increased penalties, Democratic resolve remained intact. House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer stated that Democrats "will remain steadfast" in their opposition to bills hurting wages and education in Indiana.[4] Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.[5]

The Democrats ended the standoff after 36 days, returning on March 28. The two sides agreed to compromise on a number of issues, including shelving the controversial "right-to-work" bill.[3] Although the Democrats returned with some of their wishes granted, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3500 in fines given by Republicans.[3]

The Legislature ended up passing "right-to-work" legislation on February 1, 2012, becoming the 23rd state to do so. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) immediately signed it into law.[6]


Elections

2012

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Harris won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 2. Harris defeated Ricardo Garcia in the May 8 Democratic primary[7] and ran unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. [8][9]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Harris Incumbent 100% 19,042
Total Votes 19,042


Indiana House of Representatives, District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Harris Incumbent 68.8% 4,608
Ricardo Garcia 31.2% 2,094
Total Votes 6,702

2010

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Harris defeated Republican candidate Kenneth Stevenson by a margin of 9,260 to 3,303 in the November 2 general election. [10]

In the May 4 primary election, Harris ran unopposed.  [11]0.

Indiana House of Representatives, District 2 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Earl Harris (D) 9,260
Kenneth Stevenson (R) 3,303

2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Earl Harris won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 2 receiving 17,516 votes. He ran unopposed.[12]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 2 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Earl Harris (D) 17,516

2006

On November 7, 2006, Democrat Earl Harris won re-election to Indiana House of Representatives District 2 unopposed, receiving 8,425 votes.[13]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 2 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Earl Harris (D) 8,425


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Harris is available dating back to 1994. Based on available campaign finance records, Harris raised a total of $223,602 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 9, 2013.[14]

Earl Harris's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Indiana State House, District 2 Won $21,450
2010 Indiana State House, District 2 Won $10,650
2008 Indiana State House, District 2 Won $31,249
2006 Indiana State House, District 2 Won $27,900
2004 Indiana State House, District 2 Won $37,144
2002 Indiana State House, District 2 Won $33,283
2000 Indiana State House, District 2 Won $24,400
1998 Indiana State House, District 2 Won $7,450
1996 Indiana State House, District 2 Won $13,151
1994 Indiana State House, District 2 Won $16,925
Grand Total Raised $223,602

2012

Harris won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Harris raised a total of $21,450.
Indiana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Earl Harris's campaign in 2012
Harris, Earl$5,000
Build Indiana Council$2,000
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association$1,000
Us Steel Corp$1,000
At&T$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$21,450
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Harris collected $10,650 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[15]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Earl Harris's campaign in 2010
AT&T$2,000
Baker & Daniels$1,050
US Steel Corp$1,000
Norfolk Southern$600
BP North America$550
Total Raised in 2010 $10,650

2008

In 2008, Harris collected $31,249 in donations.[16]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
US Steel Corp $4,000
American Fed-of-State, County & Municipal Employees AFLCIO $2,000
AT&T $1,500
BP North America $1,250
Professional Fire Fighters Union of Indiana $1,200
Indiana Hospital Association $1,000
Indiana Beverage Alliance $1,000
Long & Mathies Law Firm Pac $1,000
Sommer Barnard PC $1,000
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $1,000

2006

In 2006, Harris collected $27,900 in donations.[17]

Listed below are the top 5 contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
US Steel Corp $2,000
AT&T $1,500
Planned Parenthood of Indiana $1,150
Patrick Bauer for State Representative $1,000
Mayor Pabey Booster Cmte $1,000

Personal

Harris is Chair of the African American Leadership Forum of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Board Member of the Northwest Indiana League, and past President of Sunnyside Homeowners Association.[18]

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1982–present
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