Ex-Rep. Frank Harrison Dies

Posted June 3, 2009 at 6:20pm

Former Rep. Frank Harrison (D-Pa.) died this week at the age of 69. He was found dead in his Galveston, Texas, apartment, according to media reports in Pennsylvania. He reportedly died of natural causes.

A lawyer and college lecturer in northeastern Pennsylvania before being elected to Congress, Harrison served in the House from 1983 to 1985, seeing his political career cut short when now-Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D) defeated him in the 1984 Democratic primary.

Harrison moved to Texas in 1988, where he taught political science and pre-law courses and coached the debate team at Trinity University in San Antonio before retiring in 2006.

Kanjorski said in a statement Tuesday that Harrison’s family was in his thoughts and prayers.

“Frank and I knew each other as college debaters,— Kanjorski said. “Since first meeting him, and throughout our professional careers, I have always respected Frank for his strong intellectual abilities. After his political career, he joined the classroom as a college professor where he benefited the education and lives of many students. He will be missed.—