W.I. “Doc” Harris, Jr. has a family footprint in District 28 that spans almost 80 years. He is the son of former long- time Hernando residents Pauline and Pete Harris, Sr. His father worked as field agent with the Soil Conservation Service for 30 years and later served as a DeSoto County Sherriff Deputy before finally retiring. His mother worked as a school teacher for 35 years upon retirement.
Doc grew up in Hernando and graduated from Hernando High School. He also attended Mississippi State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business.
He has a very strong business background having owned two businesses and serving for almost 20 years as Vice President/General Manager of a large telecommunications company. This business background helped him develop strong leadership skills and taught him the importance of using good judgment and common sense throughout the decision making process.
Doc has served the people of DeSoto County, first as Alderman-At-large, and now as State Representative. He takes great pride in serving his home town and appreciates the trust and confidence the citizens of Hernando have given him to serve them in such a way.
Doc has a heart for serving others with over 25 years of community service experience. He is an active member of Hernando Methodist Church, served as Chairman of the Board for United Cerebral Palsy of the Mid-South, served on the Tennessee Governor’s Committee for Employment of the Handicapped and Rotary. He is a U. S. Army Veteran, member of American Legion Post 1990, NRA, Ducks Unlimited and the DeSoto County Republican Club.
He has very strong Republican values and beliefs. Doc resides in Hernando along with three daughters, their husbands and eight grandchildren. When he is not spending time with his family he is appreciating the outdoors hunting, fishing and playing golf.