Napoleon Harris

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Napoleon Harris
Napoleon Harris.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 15
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 2
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
High schoolThorton Township High School (1997)
Bachelor'sNorthwestern University
Date of birthFebruary 25, 1979
ProfessionOwner/Operator of two Beggars Pizza stores
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Napoleon Harris, III is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 15. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Harris' professional experience includes playing as a linebacker in the NFL from 2002 to 2009, and owning and operating two Beggars Pizza stores.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Harris served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce and Economic Development
Insurance, Vice chair
Licensed Activities and Pensions
Public Health


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


Campaign themes


Harris' campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Education
Excerpt: "Currently, 77% of education funding comes from local sources—mainly property taxes. Because of our over-reliance on property taxes affluent communities can provide quality education but most poor communities cannot."
  • Job Creation & Economic Development
Excerpt: "Illinois Main Street is an economic development program that revitalizes historic and business districts. There are nearly 80 of these programs across the state but only one in the Southland. "
  • Crime Prevention
Excerpt: "Law enforcement alone cannot prevent crime, and officials depend on residents to be the eyes and ears of the neighborhood."



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate 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 Napoleon Harris was set to face Victor Jonathan in the Democratic primary, but Jonathan withdrew from the race on December 30, 2013, leaving Harris unopposed. Harris was unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]


See also: Illinois' 2nd Congressional District special election, 2013

Harris sought election to the U.S. House in Illinois' 2nd Congressional District special election in 2013. The election was held to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr..

On January 20, 2013, he announced that he was withdrawing from the race and giving his support to Robin Kelly.[6]


See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Harris won election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 15. Harris defeated Joseph Letke, Jr., Donna Miller and Patricia Mahon in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012, and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent James Meeks (D) did not for re-election.[7][8][9]

Illinois State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNapoleon Harris 100% 73,762
Total Votes 73,762
Illinois State Senate, District 15 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Patricia Mahon 21.1% 4,928
Donna Miller 35.2% 8,209
Green check mark transparent.pngNapoleon Harris 43.6% 10,172
Total Votes 23,309

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Harris is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Harris raised a total of $327,986 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 16, 2013.[10]

Napoleon Harris's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 15 Won $327,986
Grand Total Raised $327,986


Harris won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Harris raised a total of $327,986.



Illinois' 3rd Congressional District, Democratic primary
Poll Debbie Halvorson Toi HutchinsonRobin KellyNapoleon HarrisMel ReynoldsAnthony BealeOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Normington-Petts (January 8-10)
GBA Strategies (January 3-7)
AVERAGES 20.5% 14% 11.5% 8% 7.5% 7.5% 3.5% 27.5% +/-4.65 450
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In 2014, Harris's endorsements included the following:[11]

  • The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)


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In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[12]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "impacted the social work profession and their clients."


In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[13]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.


Harris and his wife, Nicole, have two children. Harris is a member of the board of directors of the House of James Shelter. He is also founder of the Napoleon Harris Foundation and a volunteer for Restoration Ministries.[14][1]

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Preceded by
James Meeks (D)
Illinois Senate District 15
Succeeded by