District 2

Portia Harris - August 2, 2021

Portia Harris

District 2 Supervisor

Phone: 228-769-3170
Fax: 228-762-6578


  • Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS
  • Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, MS
  •  Federal Emergency Management Agency, Biloxi, MS.

Awards, Civic and Community Affiliations

  • Theta Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Civic Action & Jaycettes
  • NCNW & FEW 
  • Krewe of Renaissance 
  • Outstanding Young Woman of the South
  • EEO Counselor


Portia J. Harris was appointed on August 2, 2021 and will serve as Supervisor until the November 2021 Special Election. She is serving in memory and honor of her late husband, Supervisor Melton Harris, Jr., who passed away on July 13, 2021. He was serving his fourth term as Supervisor at the time of his death. Their three adult children are MAJ DeDeanna Donise Harris-Smith, Marcus T. Harris and Melani P. Harris Rankins and their six grandchildren are Marcus II, Jamison, Nicholas, McKenzie, Kennedy and Quinton. Portia Harris is the daughter of the late Mamie V. Fairley.

In her free time, she enjoys playing Word Games, Jumble, Sodoku, and listening to classical, instrumental, easy listening, gospel and jazz music.  


  • 1973 graduate of Tougaloo College, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics 
  • 1967 graduate of the former Magnolia High School, Moss Point, MS