Napoleon Harris, III

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Napoleon Harris, III

b. February 25, 1979

Illinois, State Senator (2013-)

Originally from South Suburban Dixmoor, Harris was first a high school football star, then a star linebacker at Northwestern University, eventually leading to a seven year career in the National Football League. Following his time in professional sports, Harris settled his family in his hometown in 2009, opened a pair of pizza franchises and then ran for State Senate in 2012 when the Rev. Senator James Meeks announced his retirement.

Harris won a difficult three-way open seat race (although plagued by residency questions), then soon after his victory announced his candidacy for Cong. Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s seat, created when the Congressman was convicted on federal charges. Harris dropped out of the race before election day, endorsing eventual winner Robin Kelly.

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