Meet Andy Harris

Rep. candidate for 1st Congressional District


Name: Andy Harris, MD                               

Party: Republican

Location: 1 st Congressional District


Please introduce yourself:

I have been married to my wife, Cookie, for more than 32 years.  We have five children, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson.  We are active members of St. Joseph Church in Cockeysville.  I am also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

I have spent more than 32 years practicing medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital where I am an obstetric anesthesiologist.  During the Reagan Administration, I volunteered and later established and commanded the Johns Hopkins Medical Naval Reserve Primus Unit.  We were recalled in order to assist with Operation Desert Shield (and later Operation Desert Storm) where we took care of active duty veterans at POWs at Bethesda Naval Hospital.  I was honored to serve our veterans in this way. 

For twelve years, I served as a State Senator in Annapolis, representing Baltimore and Harford Counties.  In 2010, I was elected to the House of Representatives serving the 1 st Congressional District. 

Why are you the best candidate for this office?

I am running for congress to help turn things around in Washington DC. 

Health care reform is necessary and a top issue on the minds of voters today.  As a physician for more than 32 years, I have cared for hundreds of patients.  I know we must repeal Obamacare and replace it with common sense measures that put patients first, not bureaucrats.

I support a balanced budget amendment and tax reform that will simplify our tax code.  I was awarded Legislator of the Decade from the Maryland Taxpayer's Association for my "consistent and continuous fight on the behalf of Maryland citizens and families for limited government spending and against higher taxes, and economy stifling regulations."  I also served in the Maryland State Senate for 12 years.

Serving in the US Naval Reserve for 17 years, I know we must support our service men and women fully as well as their families who are making sacrifices at home.


Which answer best matches your view?

Same-sex marriage

Should same-sex couples be able to get married in Maryland? 





Summarize your view on the issue (for candidates) 

Marriage is between one man and one woman.


Illegal immigration/In-state tuition DREAM Act

Should Maryland offer in-state tuition for college to undocumented immigrants?




I'm not sure/Neither

Summarize your view on the issue

Taxpayer benefits should be reserved for those who are in our state and country legally.  Maryland families are having a tough time affording college and taxpayer dollars should be reserved for students who are legally present in our state and nation.


Should Maryland allow another casino to be built in Prince George's County? NO



I'm not sure /Neither

Summarize your views on the issue

Adding a sixth casino in Maryland before the current voter approved plan has been fully implemented is not wise.  Only three of the five approved facilities are built and open.   While the leadership in Annapolis was raising taxes on hard-working Maryland families and businesses, they passed a big tax break for wealthy casino owners.  A sixth casino will not reduce the tax burden for Marylanders but will only ramp up state spending and not necessarily for education. 


What is the best option for healthcare in America?  We should repeal President Obama's Health Care Act and start over.

President Obama's Health Care Act is a great start towards fixing healthcare in America.

We should repeal President Obama's Health Care Act and start over.

All healthcare should be privatized.

Neither/Other/I'm not sure

We should repeal President Obama's Health Care Act and start over.   

As a physician who has cared for patients for over 30 years, I have seen firsthand the critical impact health care has on the daily lives of Americans.  America's healthcare system was broken before the President's healthcare law was passed, and sadly that law has only made things worse. Healthcare costs are still rising and some Americans are struggling to have access to the care they need.

The President's healthcare law claimed to want to tackle those problems, but sadly the law fails to fix the problems. The law puts healthcare decisions in the hands of government bureaucrats and insurance companies rather than doctors and patients. With the Supreme Court decision earlier this year, the health reform law is also one of the biggest tax increases in our nation's history. The law also cuts Medicare by over $500 billion.

I support replacing the President's healthcare law with other common sense reform measures, like increasing

competition between insurance companies by allowing competition across state lines, tax deductibility of 100% of medical costs, expanding health insurance savings accounts and other measures that allow you to be in control of your health care decisions. 

As a health care specialist, I am committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with patient-centered, affordable health care reforms. Although not perfect, the United States of America has the best health care in the world. Let's keep it that way.


How can we improve the economy in Maryland?

We should simplify the tax code, and lower tax rates so that investors can put money back into the economy.

We should lower taxes on the middle and lower classes and raise them on the wealthy.

Other/I'm not sure

Summarize your view on the issue

We should simplify the tax code, and lower tax rates so that investors can put money back into the economy.

We must address the $16 trillion deficit that has grown wildly in the last four years.  We must pass a budget that plans for the future by balancing the budget and paying off the debt.  We simply must not leave this fiscal mess for our children and grandchildren to clean up.


What should we do with Afghanistan? 

We need to keep working there until it is a true democracy.

We need to get out of Afghanistan as soon as possible.

Other/I'm not sure

Summarize your view on the issue

Other:  I do not believe it's in the best interest of our national security, or the national security of Afghanistan, to have announced a specific date for withdraw of troops from Afghanistan.  We should base a timeline on a clearly defined policy endpoint, and leave it to military experts to set a strategy to get there.


What are your views on abortion?

It is a woman's right to choose. The government shouldn't be involved.

Abortion should only be allowed in extreme cases like rape, or to protect the health of the mother.

Abortion is never OK.

Other/I'm not sure

Summarize your views on the issue

I am pro-life.




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