The Napoleon Harris for Illinois Campaign is underway! I’m excited by the outpour of support and enthusiasm for my candidacy for the United State Senate. I’m eager to engage voters on the issues they care about and share my ideas for making the State of Illinois America’s brightest beacon of opportunity. As a state senator, I have heard many of these issues as I travel the state with colleagues. Voters want to know how we can bring back sustainable, good-paying jobs that offer opportunities for professional growth, provide high quality education that prepares local workers for the jobs of the future and develop a strong foreign policy that opens new markets for American exports while protecting our allies and defending against emerging threats.
I spent my sports career tackling hall of fame running backs, now I’m ready to tackle these tough issues as the next U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois. This campaign is about promoting real American values of hard work, innovation and shared sacrifice… and fighting for the people who demonstrate these values in their lives every day.
I’m ready to fight for middle class families who are feeling the pinch of stagnant wages and diminishing opportunity. I will be a fighter for our children who deserve a world-class education and for students burdened by predatory lenders and skyrocketing tuition. And I will fight relentlessly to protect the homeland, our immigrant communities and our seniors.
I know that team work wins the day, that’s why we’re running a grassroots campaign that welcomes all Illinois residents from across the state to join us in this fight for working families.I look forward to debating the issues, inviting new participants into the political process and winning a victory for the people of the great state of Illinois. Thank you, Napoleon
Napoleon Harris is a strong leader in times of difficult uncertainty. Growing up, he lived through and surmounted the severe uncertainties of poverty and lack of opportunity. Napoleon Harris charted a new path to success for young people from his community, by showing how hard work and a caring community can transform their future from hopelessness to boundless potential. He worked hard at Thornton Township High School to become an honors student and despite his family’s low-income he never saw himself as poor but rather fortunate to have parents who encouraged him to aim for the stars. Their richness in spirit and hope was enough to help him earn a football scholarship to Northwestern University where he earned a B.S. in Communications and a postgraduate certificate in entrepreneurship from the Kellogg School of Business. Napoleon left Northwestern University as a first-round draft pick to the National Football League.
Harris founded the Napoleon Harris Foundation to help meet the physical, social and educational needs of our youth. Then, confronted by the reality of hardship, poverty and lack of opportunities in his community, he provided jobs for local workers by opening small businesses that continue to thrive right here in the Southland. In 2012, Napoleon ran for the Illinois state senate to have a greater impact on the working families from where he grew up. As a state senator Napoleon has lifted his voice and his vote in support of working families who may struggle to make ends meet but never fail to do the right thing at work, in their schools and in their neighborhoods. Napoleon demonstrated his commitment to these families when he voted to protect our seniors from fraud and abuse while ensuring their rights to age with dignity. Napoleon stood with working families against draconian cuts by voting to restore childcare services and to raise the minimum wage so that hard work actually pays for the people who are willing to do it. Napoleon also voted for key criminal justice reforms that ensure justice in sentencing and provide second chance opportunities for former prisoners reentering society. As a parent, Napoleon realizes the importance of strong STEM education programs and is a fighter for quality education for all Illinois children. That’s why he voted to increase education funding that would help close achievement gaps. For Napoleon, it was a quality education that made the positive difference in his life.
Now, Napoleon Harris is running for United States Senator because Illinois needs a leader who can articulate the needs of all its residents; a leader who will envision a shared mission where all people have a chance at achieving their dreams and no one is left behind. Napoleon Harris is that leader for Illinois.