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Representative David Harris (R) - Previous General Assembly (100th)
53rd District

Photograph of  Representative  David Harris (R)

Springfield Office:
Senator 53rd District
221-N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-3739
(217) 782-1141 FAX
District Office:
800 West Central Road
Suite 132
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
(224) 764-2440

Years served: January 1983 - January 1993; January 2011 - January 2019

Committee assignments: Appropriations-General Service (Republican Spokesperson); Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, & IT; Government Consolidation & Modern; Revenue & Finance (Republican Spokesperson); Transportation: Vehicles & Safety; Income Tax Subcommittee; Sales and Other Taxes Subcommittee; Finance Subcommittee; Scholarship Tax Credit Oversight.

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): Tom Rooney