Secretary of the Senate

D. Patrick Harris

Alabama State House Senate Chamber
Alabama State House
Montgomery AL 36130-4600

David Patrick Harris was born in Montgomery, September 30, 1952, to the late James Douglas and Edna Flourney Harris.

His father was born in Tallassee, Alabama, and served as an attorney, first in Tallassee, and later in Montgomery.

His mother served as personal secretary to the Honorable Albert Brewer, during his tenures as Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives (1963-67), as Lieutenant Governor (1967-68) and as Governor (1968-71).

Mr. Harris was elected Secretary of the Senate on December 8, 2010, to succeed McDowell Lee, whose retirement became effective February 1, 2011.

Mr. Harris has a forty-year association with the Alabama Senate, having first worked for the Alabama Senate while a high school student, and continuing through his college years and afterward.

In 1991, Mr. Harris was elected Assistant Secretary of the Senate, and served in that capacity for 20 years, having been re-elected in 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007. Mr. Harris is currently on the Executive Board of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries, as well as a regular participant in the National Conference of State Legislatures. He is Past Chairman of the American-Canadian Legislative and Parliamentary Clerks Committee.

An attorney since 1983, Mr. Harris has practiced law as managing partner of Harris & Harris, P.C., of Montgomery, and serves as a Special Probate Judge, as well as a Hearing Officer for several State boards.

From 1977-83, Mr. Harris served as Administrative Assistant to C.C. Torbert, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

A member of the Alabama State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, Mr. Harris serves on the Thomas Jones Law School Advisory Board, is Past President of the Montgomery County Young Lawyers Association, has served as Legal Counsel to the Alabama Supercomputer Authority, and is a member of the Pike Road Planning Commission. He is a certified Arbitrator and Mediator, and is a member of the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution.

A graduate of Auburn University and the Thomas Jones School of Law, Mr. Harris has also completed coursework at the University of Alabama and University College, Dublin, Ireland.

Mr. Harris is involved in many civic organizations, serving as Former Chairperson and current Board Member of KidOne, as Member of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, as Former Chair and current Board Member of YMCA Camp Chandler, and as Past President of the Montgomery Lions Club.

Mr. Harris has one son, Sean, and one granddaughter, Riley Mae. He resides in Pike Road, Alabama, where he attends Woodland United Methodist Church.