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Harris W. Fawell Edit Profile

United States representative , lawyer , politician

Harris W. Fawell was a Republican member of the Illinois Senate from 1963 to 1977, and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1968 and 1988.


Fawell, Harris W. was born on March 25, 1929 in West Chicago, Illinois, United States.


Student, Naperville North Central College, 1949. Doctor of Laws, Chicago Kent College Law, 1952.


In 1976 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. 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 until 1984. The Fawell Congressional Papers are held at North Central College.

Fawell voted as a fiscal conservative and a social moderate while in Congress. He was a strong advocate of balanced budget initiatives and a reduction in overall taxes. 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.


His sister-in-law, Beverly Fawell, was a member of both Houses of the Illinois General Assembly.


Married Ruth Johnson, 1954. Children: Richard, Jane, John.

Ruth Johnson

Richard Fawell

Jane Fawell

John Fawell