Eleanor Holmes Norton

From Baltimore County, Rep. Harris takes an active role in District of Columbia

From Baltimore County, Rep. Harris takes an active role in District of Columbia

David Trumble has never heard of Rep. Andy Harris. But his community has nevertheless felt the influence of the Maryland congressman.

That's because Trumble lives in the District of Columbia, a familiar target for congressional intervention. While the nation's capital is — at its closest — an hour's drive from Harris's mostly rural district, the Baltimore County Republican has become a leading conservative voice in Congress on the District.

Harris, a Johns Hopkins-trained anesthesiologist, has warred with District leaders over marijuana legalization. He has spearheaded an effort to roll back the District’s assisted-suicide law. More recently he attempted to upend a city law...

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