Stanford Parris

Stanford Elmer Parris ( born September 9, 1929 in Champaign, Illinois, † 27 March 2010 at Mathews County, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1973 and 1991 he represented two times the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Stanford Parris attended the public schools of his home in Illinois. Then he studied until 1950 at the University of Illinois in Champaign. During the Korean War he served between 1950 and 1954 in the Air Force. For his military services he received, among other things, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart. After studying law at George Washington University in Washington DC and his 1958 was admitted as a lawyer, he started working in Alexandria in this profession. Later he became president of a Chrysler branch in Woodbridge (1965 ) and the Flying Circus Aerodrome, an air show (1971). Meanwhile, Parris worked as a pilot. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Republican Party launched a political career. From 1964 to 1967 he belonged to the District Council in Fairfax County; 1969 to 1972 he sat in the House of Representatives from Virginia.

In the congressional elections of 1972, Parris was voted the eighth electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of William L. Scott on January 3, 1973. In 1974 he was not re-elected as a result of the Watergate scandal, which damaged many Republican candidates. From 1975 to 1977 Parris was a member of the Commission on the revision of legislation in the Federal District District of Columbia. In the elections of 1980 Stanford Parris was elected again in the eighth district of his state in Congress, where he replaced Herbert Harris again on January 3, 1981 which was in 1975 became his successor. After four elections he could remain in Parliament until January 3, 1991. He was also a member of the Committee on Science and Technology. In 1990 he was not re-elected.

Between 1991 and 1995, Parris President of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. He died on 27 March 2010 at his estate in Mathews County of heart failure.