Napoleon B. Harris III serves as the State Senator from Illinois’ 15th District. He represents parts of both Cook and Will Counties, covering the 9th Ward of Chicago and Blue Island, Calumet City, part of Oak Forest and Homewood, and Steger. The district also includes the cities of Dolton, Dixmoor, Riverdale, South Holland, Harvey, Midlothian, Glenwood, Markham, Crete and Monee.
Napoleon Harris III was born Feb. 25, 1979, and grew up in Dixmoor, Illinois. Harris was an honor student and a Tri-Star athlete at Thornton Township High School in Harvey. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Northwestern University. Later, Harris received his postgraduate certificate from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business Management.
Harris’ general focus during his first and second sessions was improving educa¬tion and the local business climate, improving neighborhoods and bringing jobs to the 15th Senate District. Public safety is one of Harris’ deepest concerns. Harris fought for the creation of a violent crimes task force in Englewood, IL in order to reduce the level of violent crime throughout the community, while studying the genesis and effects of this crime.
He supported the Urban Flooding Awareness Act, which requires various state agencies, along with other interested parties, to submit a comprehensive report to the governor and General Assembly, detailing urban flooding causes, effects, history and all other current knowledge to date.
Harris believes that keeping kids in school is essential to future success for our state. Expulsions and suspensions have become an all-too-easy alternative to in-school behavior rehabilitation. Senator Harris has supported legislation to reduce the number of harsh penalties that keep kids out of school and force them onto the streets.
Senator Harris is the Vice Chair of the Insurance Committee and serves on the Transportation, Public Health and Commerce and Economic development committees.
Harris is a former football player. He played college football at Northwestern and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders. He was the Raiders’ starting middle linebacker in Super Bowl XXXVII. Harris also played for the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs, for a total of seven NFL seasons.
Senator Harris married Nicole Bunton in 2006; they have two sons—Napoleon Harris IV and Noah, and one daughter—Nahla.