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Katherine Harris (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 4/5/1957 (Key West, FL)
Race: White
Religion: Presbyterian
Residence: Sarasota, FL
Education: Undergraduate degree in History from Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA; Graduate degree in International trade from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Occupation: Real Estate Broker
Office Type: U.S. House -- Florida District 13 

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Katherine Harris was born in Key West, Fla., raised in Bartow, Fla., and resides in Sarasota, Fla. She is married to Anders Ebbeson and has one child.

Harris is the granddaughter of Florida cattle and citrus baron Ben Hill Griffin Jr., who also served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1956 through 1963 and the Florida Senate from 1965 through 1968. Harris and other family members inherited portions of a $500 million estate upon his death.

Harris has a bachelor's degree from Agnes Scott College and a master's degree in international trade from Harvard University. She was an IBM marketing executive and vice president of a commercial real estate company before going into politics.

Harris was elected to the Florida Senate in 1994 and as Florida's secretary of state in 1998. She left that office, which was being changed from an elected to an appointed position, in 2002 to run for Congress and was elected.

In 2000, her name became a household word as she presided over the Florida presidential election recount that resulted in Republican George W. Bush winning the state and the presidency over Democrat Al Gore by only 537 votes.

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Republican Katherine Harris defeated Democrat Jan Schneider, a Sarasota lawyer, with 55 percent of the vote in 2002 for a vacant seat in Florida's 13th Congressional District caused by the retirement of Rep. Dan Miller, R-Fla.

Harris won the Republican nomination by defeating former television anchor John Hill, of Sarasota, in the primary with 68 percent of the vote.

Harris was elected to the Florida Senate in 1994 and as Florida's secretary of state in 1998.

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