The son of immigrants who fled communist Eastern Europe immediately after World War II, Andy Harris, M.D., has made a lifetime commitment to serving his neighbors, country and community. Whether it is as a physician at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital, as a veteran of the Naval Reserve, as a hard-working state Senator, or now as Congressman, Andy has made a life by serving others. He is dedicated to making sure every constituent in the 1st Congressional District receives the highest quality assistance and is well represented in the halls of Congress.
Serving his neighbors. Andy is a proud father of five children (Joe, Becky, Irene, Jessica and Danny), grandfather of three, and was husband to his late wife Cookie for 34 years. Born in working-class Brooklyn in 1957, Andy grew up one of four boys in a small cape cod house. He found his calling studying medicine at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he lived in a one-room apartment and worked at a blood bank to help pay the tuition. Harris graduated near the top of his class and continued to practice as an anesthesiologist at U.S. News & World Report’s top ranked hospital for over three decades. Dr. Harris has been voted by his peers to receive the esteemed “Top Doc” award from Baltimore Magazine numerous times. For the last few years Andy has also practiced at Memorial Hospital in Easton and Peninsula Regional Medical Center on the Eastern Shore.
Serving his country. Filling a critical need for anesthesiologists in the Naval Reserve during the Reagan administration, Andy volunteered, and later established and commanded the Johns Hopkins Medical Naval Reserve Primus Unit P0605C. In 1990, his unit was recalled in order to assist with Operation Desert Shield (and later Operation Desert Storm) where they took care of active duty, veterans and POWs at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Harris reached the rank of commander (O-5).
Serving his community. Unhappy with the status-quo in Annapolis, Harris, a political neophyte, decided to take on the establishment and make a run for the Maryland State Senate in 1998. After winning by an impressive margin, Andy continued to serve as a physician – epitomizing our Founding Fathers’ belief in a part-time, citizen legislature. His innovative thinking, devotion to efficient government and dedication to his constituents earned him the “Hero of the Taxpayer” award from the Maryland Taxpayers Association in 2008.
Andy is now in his third term as Congressman from the beautiful 1st Congressional District of Maryland. He serves on the Appropriations Committee. He also serves on three sub-committees; Agriculture, Homeland Security, and the Labor, HHS and Education. He enjoys spending time on the Bay with his family, gardening, and repairing old cars with his sons.