Harris sworn in for fourth term as state representative

Begins first term as Democratic Whip

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – During a ceremony at the state Capitol to open the 203rd legislative session, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., took the oath of office to begin his fourth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and first term as the Democratic whip.

“I’m honored to have my constituents’ trust to remain their state representative for another two years,” Harris said. “I will continue to stand up for the voiceless and the powerless while expanding on the work that my staff and I accomplished for the 186th Legislative District.”

The 2019-20 legislative session also marks Harris’ first term as Democratic whip, a position his colleagues elected him to serve in November. He is the first African-American to serve as whip since Rep. K. Leroy Irvis in the 1970s. 

“Serving as the Democratic whip is an exciting opportunity to have a larger role in shaping the agenda of the House Democratic Caucus,” Harris said. “I’m honored with the trust my colleagues have placed in me and I look forward to moving forward with all Democrats with a better vision for Pennsylvania.”

The whip is considered the second in command in the caucus and is responsible for making sure that Democratic members attend session and generally understand the specifics of legislation and procedural votes in the House.

During his third term, Harris co-authored the Clean Slate bill, which became law and is the framework for a similar bill that was introduced in Congress. He also fought for a state law to crack down on nuisance establishments known as “stop-and-gos.”

As chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, Harris welcomed Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement of more than $1.5 million in funding that will be allocated across the commonwealth to help reduce gun violence.

“We made great strides last session to empower our communities, to bring justice to those who have been wronged by the criminal justice system, and for the betterment of the citizens in Philadelphia. We still have much more to do, and I look forward to building on the progress we have made,” Harris said.

Harris encourages his constituents to contact him via email at RepHarris@pahouse.net, through his website at www.pahouse.com/Harris, or on social media at www.facebook.com/RepJordanHarris and www.twitter.com/RepHarris.