Sen. Fred Harris

Sen. Fred Harris is professor emeritus of political science at the University of New Mexico, where he still directs the UNM Fred Harris Congressional Internship Program. He was twice elected to the U.S Senate from Oklahoma (1964-1973) and was chair of the Democratic National Committee (1969-70). A champion for Native American rights and those of working Americans, Sen. Harris has produced eighteen books on politics, government and issues, including “Locked in the Poorhouse: Cities, Race and Poverty in the U.S.”, as well as three novels. Known in the Senate for his ability to understand and work with opposing factions, he focused on improving the welfare system and increasing job opportunities for poor and unskilled workers. He holds a BA degree and a JD degree “with distinction,” both from the University of Oklahoma.

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