Term Expires: 2/1/17
James H. Harris Jr., M.D., is a native of Marshall, Texas where he spent several summers working for Aycock and Mitchell Construction Company, building highways in East Texas. He graduated from SMU and Southwestern Medical School, both in Dallas. Following an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Parkland Hospital, Dr. Harris served in the United States Army Medical Corp for two years at Ft Hood, Texas.
In 1973 he began his medical practice in internal medicine in Marshall. He was very active in the land and cattle business, and now, retired from his medical practice, he raises pine trees.
Dr. Harris has spent two terms as a director of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce and has been active on the Chamber Transportation Committee for many years. He is a long-time Director of the Harrison County Soil and Water Conservation District and a past president and still secretary of the Citizens’ Advisory Council in Marshall.
Board Member Spotlight
What’s your favorite mode of transportation, and why?
• I’d rather drive when I travel, and I like to do that in my pickup. For me, like most people in East Texas, paying tolls has taken some getting used to. But I realize that the state and federal road folks can’t or won’t build everything we need to get around our area. If I can avoid traffic and make better time, I don’t mind paying a toll.
Are there any transportation projects that you’re particularly proud of?
• When I was in a teenager, and all the way up to my first summer in medical school, I did ranch work and highway construction. We built many roads in East Texas including the first four lane highways in Daingerfield and Mt. Pleasant.
Is there an upcoming project that you’re especially excited for?
• I’m excited about segments 7 and 8 on Toll 49. It will be awhile before we can build them, but when they are completed, most folks will understand what we have been planning and doing all these years.
What do you enjoy most about being a board member?
• I have most enjoyed getting to know the members of our board from all over the area as well as visiting and exploring the towns and cities in the NET RMA. I’ve also had occasion to meet many elected officials in the various counties of East Texas and have been delighted with the quality of folks who are running our counties as well as our toll road.
What is one of your favorite hobbies?
• My favorite hobbies used to be taking care of my cows and hunting; now, it’s babysitting my grandchildren with a book in my lap.