Andy Harris (politician)
Andrew Peter Harris is an American politician and physician. He has been the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 1st congressional district since 2011. Harris previously served in the Maryland Senate. He is currently the only Republican member of Maryland’s congressional delegation.
About Andy Harris (politician) in brief
Andrew Peter Harris is an American politician and physician. He has been the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 1st congressional district since 2011. Harris previously served in the Maryland Senate. He is currently the only Republican member of Maryland’s congressional delegation. Harris was born in New York, grew up in Queens, and attended Regis High School in Manhattan. He earned his B. S. in biology and his M. D. from The Johns Hopkins University. Harris served as an anesthesiologist, as an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, and as chief of obstetric anesthesology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was a lieutenant commander on active duty during Operation Desert Storm and currently serves as a commander in the Navy Medical Corps. He also served as commanding officer for the JohnsHopkins Naval Reserve Medical Unit from 1989 to 1992. Harris is the son of Zoltán and Irene Harris, who emigrated to the United States from Hungary in 1950. Harris has been endorsed by the Club for Growth, which raised nearly USD 250,000 for him, and by former governor Bob Ehrlich, seven of 10 state senators who represent parts of the district, and House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell. Harris ran again in the 1st District in 2010. He defeated Rob Fisher, a conservative businessman, in the primary. In the November 2 general election Harris defeated Frank Kratovil by 14%.
The National Journal’s Cook Political Report named Harris one of the top 10 Republicans most vulnerable to redistricting in 2012, noting that Maryland Democrats could redraw Harris’s home in Cockeysville out of the 1th. Harris won re-election to a second term defeating Democratic challenger Wendy Rosen with 67 percent of the vote. In 2012, Harris was a beneficiary of the reconfigured Republican-leaning portions of Harford and Baltimore counties that had previously been in Roscoe Bartlett’s 6th district. In 2013, Harris defeated Democratic challenger Anthony O. Blades with 67% of the votes. In 2014, Harris beat Democratic challenger John LaFerla, who had withdrawn from the race after being confronted with evidence that she’d voted in both Maryland and Florida in 2006 and 2008. Rosen’s replacement was only endorsed as only a property owner, but she could not be endorsed as she could only be found in Florida, which was not allowed by state and federal law. In 2016, Harris narrowly beat Democrat John La ferla, but only because he was the only candidate who could be found to be eligible to vote in the state and could be endorsed by only a handful of counties. He lost the general election to Democrat Frank K ratovil, who was endorsed by both the Republican Party of Maryland and the Democratic National Committee. Harris conceded on November 11, 2014, and has not been re-elected since.