Harris W. Fawell

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Harris W. Fawell
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 13th district
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1999
Preceded byJohn N. Erlenborn
Succeeded byJudy Biggert
Member of the Illinois Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1929-03-25) March 25, 1929 (age 90)
West Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

Harris W. Fawell (born March 25, 1929) is an American politician and former Republican member of the Illinois Senate from 1963 to 1977, and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1968 and 1988. In 1976 Harris W. Fawell ran unsuccessfully for the Illinois Supreme Court. In 1984 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Illinois' 13th district where he served until his retirement in 1999. His sister-in-law, Beverly Fawell, was a member of both Houses of the Illinois General Assembly.[1]

Fawell is a graduate of West Chicago High School. He attended North Central College of Naperville 1947–1949 and received his LL.B from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Fawell was admitted to the bar in 1952, and practiced law from 1954-84. The Harris W. Fawell Congressional Papers are held at North Central College.[citation needed]

In 2008, Fawell endorsed his home state's junior United States Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States, against his party's nominee, Arizona senator John McCain.[2]


  1. ^ Profile, Votersmart.org; accessed February 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "Former GOP Congressman Endorses Obama". Huffington Post.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John N. Erlenborn
U.S. Representative of Illinois' 13th Congressional District
Succeeded by
Judy Biggert