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Greg Harris represents the 13th Representative District, which includes the Chicago neighborhoods of Uptown, Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, North Center, Andersonville, West Ridge and Bowmanville. He is an openly gay and openly HIV-positive elected official in the State of Illinois.
Harris's legislative priorities include strengthening public safety, advocating for homeless youth and persons with disabilities, protecting the rights of the LGBT community, heightening awareness of HIV issues, fighting for more affordable housing, accessible health and mental health and substance abuse care for local residents, and boosting economic development in Chicago.
Prior to becoming State Representative, Harris served 14 years as chief-of-staff for 48th Ward Chicago Alderman Mary Ann Smith. In 1998, Harris worked on the North Halsted Streetscape project, an effort to enhance a key retail and entertainment corridor on Chicago's North Side, as well as being one of the nation's first official recognitions of an LGBT community. Before entering public service, Harris worked in a number of senior management positions with the National Home Furnishings Association.
In the 98th General Assembly, Harris was the House of Representatives' chief sponsor of groundbreaking legislation that gave gay and lesbian couples the right to marry in Illinois. Harris spearheaded the long-fought effort to secure the necessary votes for passage, gaining bipartisan support in the House. Harris's historic legislation was signed into law on November 20, 2013, making Illinois the 16th state to legalize same sex marriage.
Harris has devoted his energies to working with numerous community organizations. He co-chaired the City of Chicago's Task Force on LGBT Substance Use/Abuse and as a member of the Crystal Meth Task Force. He is a founder and first Board President of Open Hand Chicago and AIDS Walk Chicago. He served as chair of Lesbians and Gays in Government and as a member of the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Harris also served on the boards of Open Hand Chicago, Non-Profit Financial Center, and the AIDS Legal Council. He was a Director of the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights and a member of the Chicago Area HIV Service Planning Council. In 1997, Harris was inducted into Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.
Harris has recently been honored by many organizations including Thresholds, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, the John Howard Association, Metropolitan Breast Cancer Task Force and the Illinois Farm Bureau. He has been recognized for service to various Chicago communities by awards from Travelers and Immigrants Aid, Voice of the People, the Uptown Chamber of Commerce, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the Chinese Mutual Aid Society, Ethiopian Community Organization, Korean American Community Services, Asian Human Services, Chicago House and Social Service Agency, The NAMES Project and others.
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