David Harris (Illinois politician)

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David Harris
David C. Harris.jpg
Member of the
Illinois House of Representatives
for the 53rd District
66th district (2011-2013)
Assumed office
January 2011 (2011-Jan)
Preceded by Mark L. Walker
In office
January 1983 (1983-Jan) – January 1993 (1993-Jan)[1]
Preceded by District Created
Succeeded by Carolyn H. Krause
35th Adjutant General of Illinois
In office
Preceded by Richard G. Austin
Succeeded by Randal E. Thomas
Personal details
Born (1948-03-26) March 26, 1948 (age 70)[2]
Reading, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Michelle Harris
Children Two sons
Residence Arlington Heights, Illinois
Alma mater Georgetown University
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1970–2003
Rank Major General
Unit Illinois National Guard
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom

David C. Harris (born March 26, 1948) is a retired American senior army officer and a member of the Illinois House of Representatives serving as the representative for the 53rd District since the redistricting in 2013. He was formerly the adjutant general of Illinois from 1999 to 2003.[1]

On October 4, 2017, Harris announced his retirement from the Illinois House citing frustration from the Illinois Budget Impasse.[3]


Harris attended Georgetown University.[4]


Harris served as a state representative from 1983 to 1993. He left state government in 1992 to become the senior vice president of the Illinois Hospital Association.[1]

He returned to government service in 1999 as the adjutant general (commanding general) of the Illinois National Guard.[1] He succeeded Richard G. Austin.[4]

Harris was inducted into the Ft. Benning (Georgia) Infantry OCS Hall of Fame in 2002, and he retired from the Army as a federally recognized major general in 2003 after 33 years of service.[1]

Harris served in Iraq with the US Department of State as the deputy director and chief of staff of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office (IRMO).[1]

In 2010, Harris ran again for the Illinois House of Representatives and won a seat in the 66th District, his former district. He was redistricted to the 53rd District in 2013.

Personal life[edit]

He has a wife and two sons. He resides in Arlington Heights, Illinois.[4]


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