SPRINGFIELD, IL — (11-29-21) — After serving 8 terms in the Illinois General Assembly,  Rep. Greg Harris, the first openly Gay leader of the Illinois House of Representatives Democratic Party, announced his retirement on Monday.

A native of Chicago, Greg Harris, 66, made history by becoming the first openly LGBTQ legislative leader in Illinois history.  He has spent the last 8 terms in office promoting gay rights, health care reforms, and funding for social services.

“I think it was just time, it was just time. At the end of this term, I will attend the General Assembly for 16 years, and it seemed like a good time,” said Harris in a phone interview with Illinois News Day.

The LGBT role model said he would continue to lead the Democratic Caucus through the annual budget process in the next 2022 session.

The openly gay politician made history when he was elected in 2006, when he replaced former HIV-positive lawmaker Larry McKeon. Harris has been reelected seven times and did not face a challenger in any of his elections. Now that’s what you call a politician who is truly in sync with his constituents.

To wish Democratic Leader Harris a happy retirement wish, visit him on Twitter @repgregharris.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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