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Representative David Harris (R) - Previous General Assembly (98th)
53rd District

Photograph of  Representative  David Harris (R)

Springfield Office:
Senator 53rd District
221-N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-3739
District Office:
800 West Central Road
Suite 120
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
(224) 764-2440

Years served: January 1983-January 1993; January 2011 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations-General Service; Transportation: Vehicles & Safety; Mass Transit; Revenue & Finance (Republican Spokesperson); State Government Administration; Income Tax Subcommittee; Property Tax Subcommittee; Sales and Other Taxes Subcommittee; Finance Subcommittee; Financial Institutions; Taxi Policy: Income Tax Subcommitte; Tax Policy: Sales Tax Subcommittee; Tax Policy: Other Taxes Subcommitte; Tax Policy: Business Climate Sub; Towing Oversight Subcommittee.

Biography: Legislator / Business Professional / Retired Senior Army Officer. A graduate of St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights; Georgetown University in Washington, DC; the US Army's Command & General Staff College; and courses at the US Army War College. Harris served as a State Representative in the 1980s and 1990s. He left state government in 1992 and became the Senior Vice President of the Illinois Hospital Association. He returned to government service in 1999 as The Adjutant General (Commanding General) of the Illinois National Guard. He was inducted into the Ft. Benning (GA) Infantry OCS Hall of Fame in 2002, and he retired from the Army as a federally-recognized Major General in 2003 after 33 years of service. He served in Iraq with the US Department of State as the Deputy Director & Chief of Staff of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office (IRMO). He serves as the Chair of the Governing Council of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Harris is a Life Member of the Association of the US Army, the Military Officers Association of America, the National Guard Association of the US, and the Illinois National Guard Association. He lives in Arlington Heights with his wife, Michelle, and they have two grown sons.

Associated Representative(s): Matt Murphy