About Peter Harrison
- Technology innovator, business owner, and published writer with degrees in Computer Science and Biology.
- Life-long commitment to “paying it forward” as a community volunteer at the Red Cross, OMSI, and other organizations.
- Deep roots in Southwest Washington, where most of his and his wife’s parents and family live.
Peter Harrison is a forward-looking, community-minded leader who will bring a wide range of skills and knowledge to Congress. He is a small business owner, business systems analyst, scientist (biologist & chemist), professional writer, and community volunteer.
Peter has over two decades experience helping high-tech, shipping, warehousing, educational, and international import/export organizations define their organizational needs and applying that knowledge to create solutions that allow them to operate more efficiently. While working at Microsoft he invented the Bandwidth Speed Test technology many people use to test their Internet connection speeds. Mr. Harrison operated his own technology consulting and writing business, and has a substantial portfolio of published works, magazine articles and books, some of which have been translated into multiple languages.
Peter is deeply committed to giving back to his community and has a history of freely donating his time to community organizations and causes he supports. He has been certified in CPR since he graduated from high school and was a volunteer CPR and First Aid instructor for the Red Cross for many years. He was honored by both the Vancouver Fire Department and Red Cross for saving the life of a Vancouver resident who collapsed in 2014, required CPR, and subsequently made a full recovery. As a Red Cross Disaster Action Team member, Mr. Harrison regularly woke in the dead of the night to serve the needs of families forced from their home or apartment by a fire or other emergency. He volunteered at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry as a chemistry and science educator and for the Raphael House shelter for at-risk families. In 2015 he sought to put his private-sector knowledge of business and transportation services to work for our community, and ran for Port Commissioner for the Port of Vancouver.
Peter holds degrees in Computer Science from Coleman University and in Biology (with a minor in Chemistry) from Washington State University, and lives with his wife in Vancouver, Washington where his sister, parents, and son also reside. His daughter is a small business owner and lives in Riverside, CA, and his wife’s parents, brother and sisters live in Castle Rock and Longview, Washington.