Harris W. Fawell

Harris W. Fawell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 13th district
In office
January 3, 1985  January 3, 1999
Preceded by John N. Erlenborn
Succeeded by Judy Biggert
Member of the Illinois Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1929-03-25) March 25, 1929
West Chicago, Illinois
Political party Republican

Harris W. Fawell (born March 25, 1929) was a Republican member of the Illinois Senate from 1963 to 1977, and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1968 and 1988. In 1976 Harris W. Fawell ran unsuccessfully for the Illinois Supreme Court. In 1984 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Illinois' 13th district where he served until his retirement in 1999. His sister-in-law, Beverly Fawell, was a member of both Houses of the Illinois General Assembly.[1]

Harris W. Fawell is a graduate of West Chicago High School. He attended North Central College of Naperville 1947–1949 and received his LL.B from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Fawell was admitted to the bar in 1952, and practiced law from 1954 until 1984. The Harris W. Fawell Congressional Papers are held at North Central College.

Fawell voted as a fiscal conservative and a social moderate while in Congress. He was a strong advocate of balanced budget initiatives and a reduction in overall taxes.

In 2008, Fawell endorsed his home state's junior United States Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States, against his party's nominee, Arizona senator John McCain.[2]


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John N. Erlenborn
U.S. Representative of Illinois' 13th Congressional District
Succeeded by
Judy Biggert
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