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James Harris (Louisiana politician)

James Charles "Jimmy" Harris, III

Louisiana State Senator for District 4
Assumed office 
January 13, 2020
Preceded by Wesley T. Bishop

Louisiana State Representative for District 99 (Orleans Parish)
In office
January 11, 2016 – January 13, 2020
Preceded by Wesley T. Bishop
Succeeded by Candace N. Newell

Born June 1974
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Nationality African American
Political party Democrat
Residence New Orleans, Louisiana
Alma mater St. Augustine High School

Morehouse College
Southern University School of Law

Occupation Attorney

Government agency employee

James Charles Harris, III, known as Jimmy Harris (born June 1974),[1] is an African-American Democrat state senator for District 4 in his native New Orleans, Louisiana. First elected on November 21, 2015, he assumed his seat on January 11, 2016. He formerly represented District 99 in the Louisiana House of Representatives encompasses portions of Gentilly, Bywater, Faubourg Marigny, the  Ninth Ward, and eastern New Orleans. Harris succeeded Representative Wesley T. Bishop, who ran instead successfully for the Louisiana State Senate.[2]

Harris graduated from St. Augustine High School, a Roman Catholic parochial high school in New Orleans and received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and earned his Juris Doctorate from the historically black Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. Having worked in three levels of government, he is the director of special projects for U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond of Louisiana's 2nd congressional district, another African-American Democrat. Formerly, he was the director of state relations for the City of New Orleans and earlier was the legislative advisor to Richmond when the congressman was the state representative for District 101.[2]

In March 2016, Harris joined a House bipartisan majority to enact  a one-cent increase in the state sales tax. State representatives voted 76 to 28 for the tax hike, a part of the revenue-raising measures pushed by Governor John Bel Edwards. [3] A House and Senate conference committee subsequently trimmed the duration of the tax from five years to twenty-seven months, effective from April 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018. Even the sale of Bibles and religious publications and Girl Scout cookies are now subject to the tax.[4]  


  1. James Harris, June 1974]. Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved on April 6, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 James "Jimmy" Harris, III, Announces Candidacy For Louisiana House of Representatives, District 99. (August 12, 2015). Retrieved on April 6, 2016.
  3. State House of Representatives Vote to Increase Sales Tax. KEEL (February 25, 2016). Retrieved on March 28, 2016.
  4. See the list: Examples of goods, services that'll now be taxed in Louisiana. The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on April 1, 2016.