|Member of the 15th Lok Sabha from Haridwar, Uttarakhand|
|Member of the Rajya Sabha Uttarakhand|
|Member of the 7th Lok Sabha|
|Preceded by||Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi|
|Succeeded by||Jeewan Sharma|
27 April 1947 |
Mohanari, near Chaunalia, Almora district
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Residence||New Delhi, India|
Harish Rawat a politician from Indian National Congress party and a member of the 15th Lok Sabha. Previously he was a Member of the Parliament of India representing Uttarakhand in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament (2002–2008). He was a Minister of State in the Union Cabinet in the Ministry of Agriculture and Parliamentary Affairs but was given cabinet rank and charge of Water resources in cabinet reshuffle that happened on 28 October 2012.
Early life and education
Starting at village level politics, and after staying as a Trade Unionist and an Indian Youth Congress member for many years, he joined the Indian Parliament in 1980 as a member of the 7th Lok Sabha by defeating the BJP veteran Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi from Almora parliamentary constituency, followed by the 8th Lok Sabha and the 9th Lok Sabha . He has been head of Congress Volunteer Wing Congress Seva Dal since 1980.
In 2000, he was unanimously elected the President of Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC), and remained so until he was replaced by Yashpal Arya . In 2002, he was elected a member of the Rajya Sabha.
1980-84 Elected to 7th Lok Sabha Member, House Committee and Public Accounts Committee
1980 onwards Member, All India Congress Committee (A.I.C.C)
1984-89 Re-elected to 8th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1989 Re-elected to 9th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
28 Dec. 1989 Member, House Committee
23 Mar. 1990 Member, Committee on Official Language
1990 Consultative Committee, Ministry of Communications
2001-2007 President, Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee
2002 Elected to Rajya Sabha
2009 Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (4th term)
2009 - 18 Jan 2011 Union Minister of State, Labour and Employment
19 Jan 2011 - 28 Oct Union Minister of State, Agriculture and Food Processing Industries
July 2011 - 28 Oct. Union Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs
28 Oct. 2012 onwards Union Cabinet Minister, Water Resources
In Indian general election, 2009, he left his traditional stronghold of Almora after it became a reserved seat post-delimitation to contest from Haridwar (Lok Sabha constituency), and won the elections with 332055 votes.Presently he is Union Minister for Water resources.
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