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Chris Harris Chris Harris
Full Name: Chris Harris
Date of birth: February 22, 1948
Date of death: December 19, 2015

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 9 Jan 13, 2009 - Jan 8, 2013 82nd   81st   Republican Arlington / Tarrant   Dallas, Denton, Tarrant
S 9 Jan 11, 2005 - Jan 13, 2009 80th   79th   Republican Arlington / Tarrant   Dallas, Denton, Tarrant
S 9 Jan 14, 2003 - Jan 11, 2005 78th (1)   Republican Arlington / Tarrant   Dallas, Denton, Tarrant
S 10 Jan 9, 2001 - Jan 14, 2003 77th (2) (3)   Republican Arlington / Tarrant Senate President Pro Tempore (77th)   Johnson, Parker, Tarrant
S 10 Jan 14, 1997 - Jan 9, 2001 76th   75th   Republican Arlington / Tarrant   Johnson, Parker, Tarrant
S 10 Jan 10, 1995 - Jan 14, 1997 74th (4)   Republican Arlington / Tarrant   Johnson, Parker, Tarrant
S 10 Jan 12, 1993 - Jan 10, 1995 73rd (5) (6)   Republican Arlington / Tarrant   Johnson, Parker, Tarrant
S 10 Jan 8, 1991 - Jan 12, 1993 72nd (7)   Republican Arlington / Tarrant   Dallas, Denton, Tarrant
H 93 Jan 10, 1989 - Jan 8, 1991 71st   Republican Arlington / Tarrant   Tarrant
H 93 Jan 13, 1987 - Jan 10, 1989 70th   Republican Mansfield / Tarrant   Tarrant
H 93 Jan 8, 1985 - Jan 13, 1987 69th   Republican Mansfield / Tarrant   Tarrant
(1) 78th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/14/2003, SR 7, pp. 15-16. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal.
(2) 77th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, Regular Session, elected 1/9/2001. Senate Journal.
(3) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 2002 due to redistricting. Texas Constitution Art. III, §3, Election and term of office of Senators.
(4) 74th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/11/1995, pp. 75-76. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal.
(5) 73rd Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 3/25/1993, pp. 589-590. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal.
(6) Due to redistricting litigation, entire Senate went up for reelection in 1994. See also Clips database, 4/6/1993 - 4/8/1993, Redistricting - Legislature; and Guide to 2001 Redistricting - Appendix A, 1990s Redistricting (Texas Legislative Council). Terrazas v. Slagle, 821 F.Supp. 1162 (April 5, 1993), 1993.
(7) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1992 due to redistricting. Texas Constitution Art. III, §3, Election and term of office of Senators.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 71st Legislature, 6th C.S., HR 87. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 71st Legislature, R.S., HR 219. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 78th Legislature, R.S., SR 199. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, "Movers and Shakers: Meet the Legislators Who Make the Decisions About Public Education," March 1995, pp. 13-17. Texas Lone Star.
  • Biographical sketch, 82nd Legislature. Texas Senate.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senate, 72nd Legislature, 1991.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senate, 77th Legislative Session, 2001.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 73rd Legislature, 1993.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 74th Legislature, 1995.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 75th Legislature, 1997.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 76th Legislative Session, 1999.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 78th Legislative Session, 2003.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 79th Legislative Session, 2005.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 80th Legislative Session, 2007.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 81st Legislative Session, 2009.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 82nd Legislative Session, 2011.
  • Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators
  • Named 'Furniture.' Best and Worst Legislators 2009.
  • Named one of 'The Worst.' Best and Worst Legislators 2005.
  • Named one of 'The Worst'. Best and Worst Legislators 2001.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Chris Harris, 69th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chris Harris, 70th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chris Harris, 71st Legislature, Members of the 71st Legislature Texas House of Representatives (CD-RW)
  • Photograph. Chris Harris, 71st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chris Harris, 72nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chris Harris, 73rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chris Harris, 74th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chris Harris, 75th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chris Harris, 76th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chris Harris, 77th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chris Harris, 78th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chris Harris, 79th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chris Harris, 80th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chris Harris, 81st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chris Harris, 82nd Legislature, Texas Senate
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 72nd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 73rd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 74th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 75th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 76th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 77th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 78th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 79th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 80th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber, west wall. 2E.8). State Preservation Board.
  • 81st session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber, west wall. 2E.8). State Preservation Board.
  • 69th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, east wall. GW.L1). State Preservation Board.
  • 70th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, east wall. GW.L1). State Preservation Board.
  • 71st session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, east wall. GW.L1). State Preservation Board.
  • 82nd session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber, west wall. 2E.8). State Preservation Board.
  • Other Resources
  • Notice of death, 12/21/2015. Speaker of the House.
  • Committee Informationtop
    82nd R.S. - 2011
    Business and Commerce (Vice Chair) 
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Economic Development  
    Jurisprudence (Chair)  
    Transportation  
    81st R.S. - 2009
    Business and Commerce (Vice Chair) 
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Economic Development (Chair) 
    Finance  
    Higher Education  
    Jurisprudence (Chair)  
    State Affairs  
    80th R.S. - 2007
    Business and Commerce (Vice Chair) 
    Business and Commerce Subcommittee on Emerging Technologies and Economic Development  
    Finance  
    Jurisprudence  
    Operation and Management of the Texas Youth Commission, Select  
    State Affairs  
    Veteran Affairs and Military Installations  
    Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Subcommittee on Base Realignment and Closure  
    79th R.S. - 2005
    Administration (Chair) 
    Government Organization  
    Jurisprudence  
    State Affairs  
    Veteran Affairs and Military Installations  
    78th R.S. - 2003
    Administration (Chair) 
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Government Organization  
    Jurisprudence  
    Long-Term Care, Legislative Oversight  
    Nominations  
    State Affairs  
    77th R.S. - 2001
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Finance (Vice Chair) 
    Health and Human Services  
    Higher Education Excellence Funding  
    Long Term Care Legislative Oversight  
    Natural Resource Public Interest Counsel  
    State Affairs  
    76th R.S. - 1999
    Administration (Chair) 
    Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Uninsured (Chair) 
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Human Services  
    Jurisprudence (Vice Chair) 
    75th R.S. - 1997
    Administration (Chair) 
    Economic Development  
    Gangs and Juvenile Justice, Interim  
    General Investigating, Special (Vice Chair) 
    Health and Human Services  
    Health and Human Services, Interim  
    Jurisprudence (Vice Chair) 
    Legislative and Congressional Redistricting, Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Tax Reform and Public School Finance, Select  
    Title Insurance, Interim (Chair) 
    74th R.S. - 1995
    Administration (Chair) 
    Criminal Justice  
    Economic Development  
    Education  
    General Investigating, Special (Vice Chair) 
    Jurisprudence  
    Juvenile Justice and Child Support, Interim (Chair) 
    Legislative and Congressional Redistricting, Committee of the Whole Senate, Special  
    Managed Care and Consumer Protections, Interim  
    73rd R.S. - 1993
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Economic Development  
    Education  
    Family Code, Interim (Co-Chair) 
    International Relations, Trade and Technology  
    Jurisprudence (Vice Chair) 
    Rate and Policy Form Regulation, Select  
    Redistricting, Ethics and Elections, Committee of the Whole Senate, Special  
    Uniform Jury Handbook, Legislative Oversight  
    72nd R.S. - 1991
    Committee of the Whole on Redistricting, Special  
    Committee of the Whole on Redistricting, Special, Subcommittee on Congressional Districts  
    Criminal Justice  
    Economic Development  
    Environment, Interim  
    Health and Human Services  
    Health and Human Services, Interim  
    71st R.S. - 1989
    Appropriations  
    Calendars  
    Judicial Affairs (Chair - Budget & Oversight) 
    Judicial Affairs Subcommittee on Budget and Oversight (Chair) 
    Toxic Air Emissions and Greenhouse Effect, Select (Co-Chair) 
    70th R.S. - 1987
    Appropriations  
    Calendars  
    Child Support, Interim  
    Judiciary  
    Judiciary Subcommittee on Budget and Oversight (Chair) 
    Organization and Structure of the State Agencies in the Executive Branch of Government, Special  
    Protective Orders and State Employee Pension Plans  
    69th R.S. - 1985
    Calendars  
    Cultural and Historical Resources  
    Government Organization  
     

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