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Rep. Robert Harris

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 6th District

Harris was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 6th congressional district and was a Jackson. He served from 1825 to 1827.

He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania’s 6th congressional district as (unknown party) from 1823 to 1825.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

Harris was among more than 1,800 legislators who enslaved Black people. The Washington Post compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents. Harris was one of them.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1823 to Mar 1827, Harris missed 11 of 205 roll call votes, which is 5.4%. This is better than the median of 16.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1827. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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