Lee Harris, Democratic nominee for Shelby County Mayor
In 2014, Lee Harris became the youngest senator in the state of Tennessee. Other Democratic senators selected him as Senate Minority Leader, making him the first African American leader in the state of Tennessee. Prior to the 2014 election, Harris served on the Memphis City Council. Throughout his political career, Senator Harris has been an unwavering voice for neighborhoods, gun safety, environmental protections, broad anti-discrimination laws, respect for reproductive freedom and privacy, and a strong middle class. He has advocated for new laws to protect children from abuse and championed new laws to reform our criminal justice system. Harris created a system to ensure immediate public notification if lead is found in drinking water and worked to expand community college scholarships for students with learning disabilities.
Senator Harris is a tenured full professor of law at the University of Memphis Law School. He is the only African-American to achieve that rank in the history of the Law School. He spent a semester starting a legal clinic to give free legal advice and support to small businessmen and women in Memphis.
Senator Harris earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse and his law degree from Yale. More importantly, Senator Harris is a proud product of the Memphis City Schools (Alcy Elem., John P. Freeman Middle, and Overton High). Senator Harris is married to Prof. Alena Allen. They have three children, Lee Allen Harris (12), Claudia Harris (9), and Lou Harris (newborn).