Lee Harris is a 5th generation Memphian. His father was drafted during the Vietnam War before returning and graduating from Memphis State University. He and Lee’s mother taught and worked for Memphis City Schools.
Lee is a proud product of Memphis City Schools (Alcy Elem., John P. Freeman Middle, and Overton High), and later received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and his J.D. from Yale Law School.
In 2011, Lee Harris took office as Memphis City Councilman for North Memphis and Frayser.
In 2014, he was elected the youngest state senator in Tennessee. He was then selected as Senate Minority Leader making him one of the youngest senate leaders in the country and the first African-American leader in the state of Tennessee.
Currently a tenured, full law professor at University of Memphis Law School, Lee is the only African-American to achieve the title in the school’s history.
Senator Harris is married to Prof. Alena Allen. They have two children, Lee Allen Harris (12) and Claudia Harris (9). He is the only candidate with kids currently in public schools.