Greg Harris

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Greg Harris

b. June 5, 1955

Illinois, State Representative (2006-)

Greg Harris, Illinois's will forever be remembered for his landmark legislative achievement, shepherding passage of Gay Marriage Equality through the Illinois House in 2013. Doing so marked him as a unique political leader, and as such Harris has attempted to use his capital to defend spending for social service programs in Illinois.

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Harris got his start in Chicago politics working as the chief of staff for North Side lakefront Ald. Mary Ann Smith for 14 years. In December 2006, State Rep. Larry McKeon, who was openly gay, decided to step down from office, setting off a contest for another openly gay person to replace him by appointment. Ultimately, Harris, who is also gay, won the weighted vote of Democratic Committeemen against gay rights activists Jim Snyder and Kevin Thompson.

Harris' politics reflect those of his district: Strongly liberal and anti-organization, except when it comes to statewide politics. Since his appointment in 2007, Harris has yet to receive a serious challenge on the ballot.

Important Political Events

  • 2006, Appointed State Representative by Democratic Ward Committeemen, replacing Larry McKeon
  • 2008, Elected State Representative unopposed

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Harris_(Illinois_politician)
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-11-10/news/ct-met-schmich-1110-20131110_1_marriage-bill-gay-marriage-cuff
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2006-08-01/news/0608010308_1_gay-rights-first-openly-gay-member-candidates