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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-5311

Address: 1533 LHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (410) 643-5425

Address: 100 Olde Point Village, Chester MD 21619-2140

Bel Air MD

Phone: (410) 588-5670

Fax: (410) 588-5673

Address: 15 East Churchville Road, Bel Air MD 21014-3837

Salisbury MD

Phone: (443) 944-8624

Fax: (443) 944-8625

Address: 212 West Main Street, Salisbury MD 21801

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Andy Harris Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Maryland 1
  • Born: Jan. 25, 1957, Brooklyn, NY
  • Home: Cockeysville
  • Education:

    Johns Hopkins U., B.S. 1977; M.D. 1980; M.H.S. 1995.

  • Professional Career:

    Anesthesiologist, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1980-2010; assoc. prof., Johns Hopkins Medical Schl., 1984-2010.

  • Military Career:

    Naval Reserve, 1988-94.

  • Political Career:

    MD Senate, 1998-2010.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Sylvia); 5 children

Andy Harris, who defeated freshman Democrat Frank Kratovil in 2010, is the lone Republican in Maryland’s congressional delegation. He juggles working with his Terrapin State colleagues on local matters with agitating for his fervently conservative views. Read More

Andy Harris, who defeated freshman Democrat Frank Kratovil in 2010, is the lone Republican in Maryland’s congressional delegation. He juggles working with his Terrapin State colleagues on local matters with agitating for his fervently conservative views.

Harris, a Johns Hopkins University anesthesiologist and professor, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to immigrants from Eastern Europe. His father, a Hungarian anti-communist activist, had been jailed in a Siberian gulag for over a year for his political views before meeting Harris’ mother, who had fled Ukraine, at a displaced persons camp in Austria. Harris credits his parents’ escape from communism and the spirited dinner-table conversations they encouraged among their four sons with fostering his fiercely held beliefs in the ills of big government and the sanctity of the private sector. After Harris completed his medical studies at Johns Hopkins, he began to practice and teach there. He and his wife, Sylvia, have five children and live in a suburb north of Baltimore.

Harris was elected to the state Senate to represent Baltimore County in 1998. In Annapolis, he was one of the most conservative members, and he served as the chamber’s minority whip from 2003 to 2007. He picked up a reputation for his artful filibusters—during a fight against a stem cell research bill, he read from a biology textbook on DNA.

In 2008, Harris challenged 1st District Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, a moderate Republican, in a bloody GOP primary battle. When Harris defeated him, Gilchrest refused to concede the race to Harris and then endorsed Kratovil, the Democratic candidate, for the seat. In the general election campaign, Kratovil continued Gilchrest’s primary strategy of portraying Harris as too far right for the district and he edged Harris out by fewer than 3,000 votes.

Harris came back for a rematch in 2010. He cast Kratovil as a puppet for President Barack Obama in a year when anti-incumbent anger was on the rise and voters were deeply divided over the president’s overhaul of the health insurance system. Running on vows not to raise taxes and to repeal the health care overhaul, Harris connected with angry Republicans in a district that gave Sen. John McCain of Arizona nearly 60% of the vote in the 2008 presidential race. Both candidates were hearty fundraisers. Harris raised almost $2.4 million while Kratovil brought in about $2.6 million. Since he first ran in 2008, Harris also had started to practice medicine a few days a week on the Eastern Shore, which helped deflect the sort of criticism he received in 2008 for running in an area where he had spent little time.

Kratovil also attacked Harris for his support of a conservative proposal to replace the income tax with a national sales tax. At the same time, Kratovil highlighted his differences with Obama over extending the Bush-era tax cuts, saying he favored an across-the-board extension while the president had said he would let them expire for the wealthiest 2% of Americans. But after just one term in office, Kratovil got swept away by 2010’s Republican tide, losing to Harris, 54% to 42%.

Harris made national news soon after the election, but probably not in the way he preferred. At an orientation session for incoming lawmakers, Harris complained that his government-subsidized health plan would take a month to kick in, remarks that were widely circulated and paired with his staunch opposition to a government-run health care plan for low-income people priced out of the private insurance market.

He said the “proudest moment” of his first few months in office was voting for the House-passed omnibus spending bill that cut $61 billion for fiscal 2011. At the outset of the 113th Congress (2013-14), Harris infuriated Maryland Democrats by joining 66 Republicans in voting against $9.7 billion in relief from Hurricane Sandy, which had battered parts of the Eastern Shore. He explained he wanted the bill to strengthen the National Flood Insurance Program instead of writing “another blank check.” In May 2012, Harris successfully amended a House-passed science spending bill to strip out $542,000 for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s climate website, saying he feared such agencies could “become little propaganda sources instead of a science source.”

Harris sought to help the Eastern Shore by introducing a bill in 2011 authorizing federal money to study oxygen-starved “dead zones” in the Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico that drive away fish. Some environmentalists criticized the measure, saying it emphasized research instead of action. Outside the Capitol, he used his medical training in September to help save the life of a 2-year-old boy who had stopped breathing while traveling in a car in rural Maryland.

In his 2012 reelection bid, Harris got several fortunate breaks. First, Kratovil decided against another rematch; then, Maryland’s Democratic redistricters decided to focus on ousting 6th District Republican Roscoe Bartlett. They ended up adding more Republicans from Baltimore’s northern suburbs to Harris’ district. Finally, his Democratic rival, businesswoman Wendy Rosen, unexpectedly dropped out of the race in September after the state party said she had voted in both Maryland and Florida in two earlier elections. Democrats quickly got physician John LaFerla to run as a write-in candidate, but Harris coasted to a win with 63% of the vote.

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Andy Harris Election Results
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2012 General
Andy Harris (R)
Votes: 214,204
Percent: 63.99%
Wendy Rosen (D)
Votes: 92,812
Percent: 27.73%
John LaFerla (D)
Votes: 14,858
Percent: 4.44%
Muir Boda (Lib)
Votes: 12,857
Percent: 3.84%
2012 Primary
Andy Harris (R)
Votes: 44,599
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (54%)
Andy Harris Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 10 (L) : 88 (C) 15 (L) : 81 (C) 37 (L) : 60 (C)
Social 16 (L) : 74 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) 17 (L) : 74 (C)
Foreign 5 (L) : 86 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) 38 (L) : 60 (C)
Composite 13.8 (L) : 86.2 (C) 8.7 (L) : 91.3 (C) 33.0 (L) : 67.0 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100100
LCV96
CFG9586
ITIC-75
NTU8383
20112012
COC94-
ACLU-7
ACU8892
ADA100
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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