Andy Harris (R-Md.) has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011, representing Maryland’s heavily Republican 1st Congressional District. Although he originally pledged to limit himself to no more than six terms in Congress, he broke that promise to voters by running for reelection in 2022 and won.
A graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Harris worked as an anesthesiologist for almost three decades and served in the Maryland State Senate from 1998–2010. In Congress, he has been a member of the far-right House Freedom Caucus and was a staunch Trump supporter.
After the 2020 presidential election, Harris helped spread the Big Lie by casting doubt on the legitimacy of the process and making claims of fraud unfounded by facts. He objected to certifying President Biden’s Electoral College win and voted against establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
On Jan. 21, 2021, Harris attempted to bring a firearm into the Capitol but was stopped by security guards.
January 6, 2021
- On Jan. 6, 2021, Harris downplayed the violence at the Capitol on WBAL-TV, a Baltimore news station, saying, “there was no indication that this was a truly violent protest, as violent as one… you would worry about.”
- Harris made the unfounded and since-debunked claim that left-wing activists were behind the violence that took place at the Capitol.
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Harris joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- Harris was involved in an argument that came close to a fistfight after Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) blamed Republicans for fueling the lies that led to the Jan. 6 violence at the Capitol, according to The Washington Post.
- On Jan. 13, 2021, Harris was one of four Republicans who simply did not vote on the resolution to impeach Trump for instigating the insurrection and fanning the flames once violence erupted.
- On May 19, 2021, Harris voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the attack on the Capitol.
The Big Lie
- On Nov. 6, 2020, Harris and 38 other House Republicans signed a letter to then Attorney General Bill Barr asking that the Justice Department investigate the results of the presidential election on grounds that there had been “widespread reports of irregularities” during ballot counting.
- On Dec. 10, 2020, Harris signed a Texas amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the results of the election in four swing states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
- On Jan. 5, 2021, Harris defended Trump’s demand that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger (R) “find” enough additional votes for him to win the state. “The president was asking that efforts be made to see if there were Trump ballots, to find these Trump ballots that may have been either shredded, discarded or eliminated in some way, which, of course, would be an obvious violation of federal law,” he said on WBAL-TV in Maryland.
- On Jan. 6, after the attack on the Capitol, Harris wrote on Facebook that he stood “in support of forensic audits and investigating potential election fraud.”