Charlotte Burks

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Charlotte Burks
Charlotte Burks.jpg
Tennessee State Senate District 15
Former member
In office
1998 - 2014
PartyDemocratic
Personal
Date of birthOctober 3, 1942
Place of birthGainesboro, Tennessee
ProfessionFarmer
ReligionChurch of Christ
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Charlotte Burks is a former Democratic member of the Tennessee State Senate, representing District 15 from 1998 to 2014.

On September 8, 2013, Burks announced that she would not run for re-election in 2014 and retire from the Senate.[1]

Biography

Burks owns and operates a farm.[2]

Burks was first elected to the Senate as a write-in candidate after the death of her husband, State Senator Tommy Burks, in 1998.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Burks served on the following committees:

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Labor, Vice chair
Education
Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Ethics, Vice chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Burks served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Burks served on these committees:

Issues

2010 suspected voter fraud

Following the 2010 elections, the Tennessee Republican Party asked the State Election Commission to investigate several reports of voting irregularities in the election between Burks and Republican nominee Gary Steakley.

“Voters deserve to know what irregularities occurred and who is responsible for them. The fact that any irregularities may have occurred is troubling enough, but given the narrow margin of votes calls into question the accuracy of the election results and the legitimacy of the election’s outcome,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.[3]

Elections

2010

See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2010

Burks was re-elected to the 15th District seat in 2010. She defeated Republican Gary Steakley and independent Joe Wilmoth in the general election on November 2, 2010. She was unopposed in the August 5 primary.[4]

According to uncertified election results, Democrat Incumbent Charlotte Burks defeated Republican Gary Steakley by 183 votes.[5][6]

Tennessee State Senate, District 15, General Election 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charlotte Burks (D) 22,800
Gary Steakley (R) 22,615
Joe B. Wilmoth (I) 8,779

2006

See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Burks won re-election to the 15th District Seat in the Tennessee State Senate.[7]

Burks raised $70,533 for her campaign.[8]

Tennessee State Senate, District 15 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Charlotte Burks (D) 40,911 100%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Burks is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Burks raised a total of $277,122 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[9]

Charlotte Burks's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State Senate, District 15 Not up for election $18,883
2010 Tennessee State Senate, District 15 Won $64,347
2008 Tennessee State Senate, District 15 Not up for election $6,741
2006 Tennessee State Senate, District 15 Won $70,553
2004 Tennessee State Senate, District 15 Not up for election $0
2002 Tennessee State Senate, District 15 Won $38,062
1998 Tennessee State Senate, District 15 Won $78,536
Grand Total Raised $277,122

2012

Burks was not up for election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Burks raised a total of $18,883.

2010

Burks won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Burks raised a total of $64,347.

2008

Burks was not up for election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Burks raised a total of $6,741.

2006

Burks won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Burks raised a total of $70,553.

2004

Burks was not up for election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Burks raised a total of $0.

2002

Burks won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Burks raised a total of $38,062.

1998

Burks won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Burks raised a total of $78,536.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 108th Tennessee General Assembly, first year, was in session from January 8 to April 19. In 2014, the 108th Tennessee General Assembly, second year, was in session from January 14 to April 18.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes relating to conservation and environmental issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on animal protection bills.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 107th Tennessee General Assembly, first year, was in session from January 11 to May 21. In 2012, the 107th Tennessee General Assembly, second year, was in session from January 10 through May 1.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on Pro-life legislation.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes relating to conservation and environmental issues.

Personal

Charlotte is widowed with three children.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Tennessee State Senate District 15
1998-2014
Succeeded by
Paul Bailey (R)