Presiding Commissioners

Michael R. Harris, J.D
Michael Harris' service, dedication and commitment to the City of Houston, its
constituents and the people at-large began in 1986 as a Houston Police Officer. Since
that time, commitment and community involvement has been evidenced in every area of
his work, profession and career. Harris is known throughout the City and State in
business, legislative, political and community arenas, This lends well to his ability to
network, connect and organize people collectively to work toward targeted causes. While
on the police force, Harris received the honor and distinction as '"Officer-of-the-Year"
and was also recognized with law enforcement's 'Outstanding Texan Award."

Harris brings over 25 years' business management, community relations, government
affairs, public finance, public policy and public service to his law practice at The Harris
Law Firm. A 1996 graduate of the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School
of Law, Harris earned his degree while working as a Sergeant with the Houston Police

After graduation from law school, he became an associate with Barnes & Turner Law
Firm and served as a government affairs consultant with Locke, Liddell & Sapp, LLP;
and of Counsel to McCall Parkhurst & Horton.

In 2003 Harris founded The Harris Law Firm; he represents and counsel clients in all
areas of Texas law. This work includes tending to the day-to-day functions of advising,
defending and strategically planning individual caseloads for individuals, businesses and
governmental entities. Both corporate and business law complements Harris' legal
practice where he engages in various civil litigations in State and Federal Courts.
Primarily representative of clients in lawsuits involving catastrophic injuries as a result or
individual, manufacture, and health cure provider's negligence.

Civic and educational causes are equally important to Harris, where he is involved with
organizations such as the National Head Start Program, Texas Children's Hospital, Gulf
Coast Community Service Association, My Brother's Keeper Outreach Center, Star of
Hope Mission, The Houston Food Bank, Houston Housing Authority, The 100 Club,
Texas Association of Business, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and the Greater Houston

Michael and his wife Tammy are active members of Hope City Church and are the proud
parents of two children, Hannah and Sydnie.