About Harris B. McDowell
Progressive and pragmatic, with a personal touch when it comes to constituent services, Harris B. McDowell III is proud to serve Delaware’s 1st Senate district.
Harris is a proven leader and trusted steward of progress in Delaware’s General Assembly. From free community college to protecting kids, he is dedicated to the pursuit of bold ideas and innovative policies that make Delaware a better place to live, learn, and work.
During his time in the General Assembly, Harris has been recognized as a leader in energy and environmental matters. As the chair of the Senate Energy and Transit Committee, Harris led the creation of the first low-income heating assistance program in the country. He is also credited with creating the Delaware Energy Office as well as the Delaware Public Advocate, and he has passed landmark legislation including the Renewable Portfolio Standard, Performance Contracting Legislation and the Sustainable Energy Utility. Harris recognizes the importance of protecting the environment in Delaware—from the banks of the Delaware and the Brandywine, to the beaches and wetlands of Sussex County.
When it comes to education, Harris puts our kids first. He’s been endorsed by Delaware’s teachers, has been a long-time supporter of early-childhood education, and is considered the founder of the SEED Scholarship, which allows any Delaware student who maintains a 2.5 GPA and stays out of trouble to attend two years of community college for free.
And as a co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, he’s helped write responsible, balanced budgets, funding critical services while protecting taxpayer dollars. And he’s leveraged grant funding to try to compel the City of Wilmington to take prudent steps toward reducing violent crime.
Harris has a record of collaboration with his colleagues in the General Assembly, as well as with his counterparts in county and city government. But most of all, it’s his relationship with the people of the 1st District that defines his record of service.