Senator Chris Harris is an attorney first elected to represent SD-9 in the Texas Senate in 1991 after serving six years in the Texas House. He is the highest ranking Republican in the Texas Senate and currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence and the vice-chair on the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce Committee. He also serves as a member on the Economic Development, and Transportation and Homeland Security committees. He has previously served on the on the Senate Finance and State Affairs committees.
During the 78th and 79th Legislatures, Harris served as chairman of the Senate Administration Committee and was a member of the Texas Legislative Council and the State Preservation Board.
Harris cites as his priorities improving transportation infrastructure, lowering the cost of electricity for consumers, passing legislation that provides necessary child support enforcement tools and funding higher education in Texas.
He was elected President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate for the 77th Legislature, and served as Governor for a Day on May 5, 2001. He also served as vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the Texas Sunset Commission, and as a member of the Legislative Budget Board.
Harris has been recognized for his legislative efforts by the National Child Support Enforcement Association, Texas Medical Association, American Cancer Society, Texas Association of Realtors, Texas Civil Justice League, Family Law Specialty of the Texas State Bar, Tarrant County Family Bar Association, Fort Worth and Dallas Chambers of Commerce, Retired Teachers' Association, Humane Society of North Texas, Future Farmers of America, Texas Municipal Officers' League, American Subcontractors Association, Texas Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, and Texas State Troopers Association.
Harris graduated Arlington High School and subsequently attended Texas Christian University. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Baylor Law School and currently practices family and business law. He and his wife, Tammy, live in Arlington.
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, TX 78711
2001 E. Lamar Blvd., Suite 150
Arlington, TX 76006