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Herbert E. Harris
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Stanford Parris
Succeeded by Stanford Parris
Member of the Fairfax County
Board of Supervisors from the Mount Vernon District
In office
Preceded by Frank F. Everest, Jr.
Succeeded by Warren I. Cikins
Personal details
Born (1926-04-14)April 14, 1926
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Died December 24, 2014(2014-12-24) (aged 88)
Fairfax County, Virginia, U.S.
Resting place Quantico National Cemetery
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Nancy and Rae Allen
Residence(s) Mount Vernon, Virginia
Alma mater Rockhurst College (BA)
Georgetown University Law School (JD)

Herbert Eugene Harris II (April 14, 1926 – December 24, 2014) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Virginia. His district included part of Fairfax County.

Early life

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Harris attended St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, Kansas City from 1930 to 1939. He graduated from Rockhurst High School, Kansas City, 1943. He attended Missouri Valley College, Marshall, from 1944 to 1945, and University of Notre Dame from 1945 to 1946. He earned a B.A. from Rockhurst College in 1948 and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C., 1951. He was admitted to the Missouri and District of Columbia bars in 1951 and commenced practice in Kansas City. He moved to the Washington, D.C., area in 1951. He is the cofounder, vice president, and general counsel of the international trade consultants firm of Warner & Harris, Inc. He served on the Fairfax County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors from 1968 to 1974. He served as member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority from 1968 to 1974. He served as vice-chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority from 1970 to 1974.


Harris was elected as a Democrat to the 94th Congress in 1974, defeating incumbent Rep. Stanford E. Parris. He was re-elected to the 95th and 96th Congresses, serving January 3, 1975 to January 3, 1981, overall. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1980 to the 97th Congress, defeated by Stanford E. Parris, who regained his former congressional seat. In 1982, Harris attempted a comeback, but lost 48.6%-49.7%. Harris offered sympathy when Stanford E. Parris died in 2010.

Electoral history

Virginia's 8th congressional district: Results 1974–1980
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1974 Herbert Harris 53,074 58% Stanford Parris 38,997 42%
1976 Herbert Harris 83,245 52% James Tate 68,729 43% Michael Cannon Independent 9,292 6%
1978 Herbert Harris 56,137 50% Jack Herrity 52,396 47% Charles Coe Independent 2,632 2%
1980 Herbert Harris 94,530 48% Stanford Parris 95,624 49% Deborah Frantz Independent 5,729 3%
1982 Herbert Harris 68,071 48% Stanford Parris 69,620 50% Austin W. Morrill Independent 2,373 2%

Personal life

He resumed the practice of law with firm of Harris & Berg in Washington, D.C. He was a resident of Mount Vernon, Virginia. Harris died on December 24, 2014, at his house on Fairfax County, Virginia, aged 88.

While in Congress, he was a key proponent for establishing the Quantico National Cemetery. He was interred there with his wife, Nancy Fodell Harris. Mr.Allen was also married to Rae Allen, famous Broadway and television actress.

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