Harish Rawat is a congress leader, Member of Lok Sabha from Haridwar and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs. Harish Rawat is considered as a strong candidate for Chief Minister’s post in Uttarakhand state.

Harish Rawat was born in village Mohanari, near Chaunalia, Almora district, on April 27, 1947 to Rajendra Singh Rawat and Devaki Devi. he was very keen to join the politics since his early age. Starting at village level politics, and after staying as a Trade Unionist and an Indian Youth Congress member for many years, he joined the Indian Parliament in 1980 as a member of the 7th Lok Sabha by defeating the BJP veteran Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi from Almora parliamentary constituency, followed by the 8th Lok Sabha and the 9th Lok Sabha in 1990.
In 2000, he was unanimously elected the President of Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC), and remained so until he was replaced by Yashpal Arya . In 2002, he was elected a member of the Rajya Sabha.

Harish Rawat was a youth icon in his early age. In 1980 in his first Lok Sabha election he defeated well known leader of BJP Dr Murali Manohar Joshi. This victory gave him a well recognization. In 1984 he defeated Mr Joshi again.

Years from 1991 to 2001 were not good for Rawat. In 1991 he lost Lok Sabha election against BJP’s Mr Jeevan Sharma. In 1996,1998,1999 he lost three Lok Sabha elections from his traditional seat Almora Pithoragarh. He was defeated by BJP’s Bachi Singh Rawat in those three elections.

In 2001 when Uttarakhand formed as a state ,he was appointed the president of Uttarakhand Congress. In his leadership congress won first state election in 2001. He was almost selected for the post of Chief Minister but Narayan Dutt Tiwari got the chance in a dramatic scenario. He was then elected for Rajya Sabha. In Indian general election, 2009, he left his traditional stronghold of Almora after it became a reserved seat post-delimitation to contest from Haridwar (Lok Sabha constituency), and won the elections with 332055 votes.Presently he is union minister of state for Parliamentary Affairs.

Poitions Held

1980-84 Elected to 7th Lok Sabha
Member, House Committee and Public Accounts Committee
1980 onwards Member, All India Congress Committee (A.I.C.C)
1984-89 Re-elected to 8th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1989 Re-elected to 9th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
28 Dec. 1989 Member, House Committee
23 Mar. 1990 Member, Committee on Official Language
1990 Consultative Committee, Ministry of Communications
2001-2007 President, Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee
2002 Elected to Rajya Sabha
2009 Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (4th term)
2009 – 18 Jan 2011 Union Minister of State, Labour and Employment
19 Jan 2011 onwards Union Minister of State, Agriculture and Food Processing Industries
July 2011 onwards Union Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs