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Lee HarrisDEMDemocrat Mayor
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Lee Ardrey Harris (born August 10, 1978) is an American politician who is currently the Mayor of Shelby County, previously serving as a member of the Tennessee Senate, representing the 29th district. Harris is also a law professor. Prior to his election to the state senate, Harris served on the Memphis City Council, representing District 7. He was born and raised in Memphis, and studied at Morehouse College, followed by Yale Law School.In 2014, he was elected to the Tennessee Senate to replace Ophelia Ford. He was elected in November 2014 by the Democratic Senate Caucus of the Tennessee State Senate to the leadership position of Senate Minority Leader. He is the first black lawmaker of either party to hold a leadership position in the Tennessee State Senate. In 2018, Harris was the Democratic nominee for Mayor of Shelby County, defeating Republican David Lenoir. He was re-elected to a second term in 2022.

Education4 - 4 of 2
Morehouse College
BA
Yale Law School
JD
Past Positions1 - 6 of 6
Minority Leader
Tennessee State Senate
2015 - 2019
Senator
Tennessee State Senate
2015 - 2019
Mayor
Shelby County, Tennessee
2018 - Current
Member
City Council
Lawyer
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz
Professor
University of Memphis
Other Experience1 - 18 of 18
Volunteer
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Chair
Goodwill Homes Head Start
Director
Goodwill Homes Community Services Agency
Founding Member
Shelby County Young Democrats
Member
United Campus Workers
Former Member
Judiciary Committee, Tennessee State Senate
Former Member
Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Tennessee State Senate
Former Member
Judiciary and Government Joint Subcommittee, Tennessee State Senate
Former Member
Joint Government Operations Committee, Tennessee State Senate
Former Member
Government Operations Committee, Tennessee State Senate
Former Member
Delayed Bills Committee, Tennessee State Senate
Former Member
Commerce, Labor, Transportation and Agriculture Joint Subcommittee, Tennessee State Senate
Former Second Vice Chair
Calendar Committee, Tennessee State Senate
Member
Housing and Community Development Committee
Member
Parks Committee
Member
Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee
Member
Personnel, Intergovernmental & Annexation Committee
Member
Public Services & Neighborhoods Committee