For immediate release:
April 20, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - State Rep. Donna Harris (D-East Chicago) was sworn into office today as state representative of Indiana House District 2, the office her late husband had held since 1982.
Rep. Donna Harris was chosen by a caucus of Democratic precinct committeepersons, who reside in Indiana House District 2 to fulfill the remaining term of Rep. Earl Harris, who died at the age of 73 on March 23. The selection was in accordance with state statute.
Shortly after the noon oath of office ceremony, a tree on the Statehouse lawn was dedicated to the memory of Rep. Earl Harris. [At right, Rep. Donna Harris of East Chicago, is sworn in to replace her late husband, Earl Harris, Sr. Justice Robert Rucker performed the ceremony and the Harris’ son, Earl Jr., participated.]
Later in the afternoon, during the legislative session, a plaque and resolution honoring Rep. Harris’ service to the Indiana General Assembly was permanently placed on the wall of the Indiana House chamber.
“I know Earl wanted me to carry on for him,” said Rep. Donna Harris. “We used to discuss state legislative issues every night. For many, many years I have spent nearly every day in the House chamber during session, so I have listened to debate on all of the issues and know the other legislators well. I am confident I won’t miss a beat.
“I believe I will honor my husband’s memory and be a good representative for House District 2.”