Mayor Lee Harris is a proud product of the Memphis City Schools (Alcy Elem., John P. Freeman Middle, and Overton High). He earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and worked his way through law school at Yale. Upon earning his law degree, Harris worked at Baker Donelson, a large corporate law firm. From there, he joined the University of Memphis Law School where he became the first black tenured professor of law.
In August 2018, Lee Harris was elected Shelby County Mayor. He campaigned to reduce poverty and improve economic opportunity by investing in education, families, and neighborhoods across Shelby County. His success came after serving as the youngest senator in the state of Tennessee, where democratic senators selected him as Senate Minority Leader. Priority to serving as a State Senator, Mayor Harris served as a Memphis City Councilman. Throughout his political career, Mayor Harris has been an unwavering voice for neighborhoods, gun safety, environmental protections, broad anti-discrimination laws, respect for reproductive freedom and privacy, and a strong middle class. He has won numerous awards because of his work in politics and government, including selection to the prestigious Aspen-Rodel Fellows program and as a New Deal Leader.
Mayor Lee Harris is married to Professor Alena Allen, and, together, they have three children – his oldest son Lee Allen, his daughter Claudia, and his infant son Lou.