John Burris

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John Burris
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Arkansas House of Representatives District 98
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Minority Leader, Arkansas State House of Representatives
2010-present
Compensation
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$136/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Personal
ProfessionLong-Term Replacement Teacher
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John Burris is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 17 of the Arkansas State Senate.

Burris is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 98. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Burris served as State House Minority Leader from 2009 to 2013.

Biography

Burris' professional experience includes working as a long-term replacement teacher.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Health, Welfare and Labor, Chair
Joint Budget
City, County and Local Affairs
Rules
Management
Joint Energy, Alternate

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Burris's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 1275 - "THE 'RON HENSON EMPLOYER FAIRNESS ACT'."
  • HB 1850 - "TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF THE HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX CREDIT."
  • HB 1866 - "AN ACT TO MODERNIZE THE ALLOWANCE FOR FURNISHING BOARD, LODGING, APPAREL, ETC., UNDER THE MINIMUM WAGE LAW."

For a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Healthcare Exchanges

As of 2013, Burris is a member of the Arkansas Legislative Council, a joint committee of state senators and representatives which, among other duties, meets in the interim between legislative sessions.[2] At the Council's December 21 meeting, he moved to separate the federal government's $18.4 million grant to Arkansas for healthcare exchanges from a larger report. The grant was for funding a partnership healthcare exchange between the federal and Arkansas governments. His motion would have allowed further discussion and a separate vote on the grant, but Burris was defeated 29-17 in a largely party-line vote. Burris argued the Council's refusal denied Republicans the "courtesy" of a separate debate on the exchange funds.[3][4] Commentator Nic Horton of the Arkansas Project suggested that the 17 Republicans voting for Burris's motion wanted the state to implement a federal healthcare exchange, an alternative to the hybrid state-federal partnership exchange.[5] The conservative/libertarian Advance Arkansas Institute, which sponsors the Arkansas Project, had previously called for Arkansas to adopt a federal exchange instead of the state partnership supported by the Arkansas Legislative Council.[6]The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provisionally approved Arkansas' application to organize the partnership healthcare exchange on January 3, but Burris told the Associated Press that he expects the newly Republican-controlled Arkansas legislature to consider adopting a federal exchange instead of the partnership.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senate will consist of a primary election on May 20, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Scott Flippo will face John Burris and David Osmon in the Republican primary.[8]

2012

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Burris ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 98. Burris ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and ran unchallenged in the November 6, 2012, general election as well.[9][10][11]

2010

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Burris won re-election to the 85th District seat in 2010. He faced no opposition.[12]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Burris won election to the 85th District Seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives, defeating opponent Bill Witty (D).[13]

Burris raised $46,333 for his campaign, while Witty raised $29,953.[14]

Arkansas State House, District 85 (2008)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png John Burris (R) 6,870
Bill Witty (D) 5,278

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Burris is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Burris raised a total of $98,169 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 21, 2013.[15]

John Burris's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State House, District 98 Won $36,136
2010 Arkansas State House, District 85 Won $15,700
2008 Arkansas State House, District 85 Won $46,333
Grand Total Raised $98,169

2012

Burris won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Burris raised a total of $36,136.

2010

Burris won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Burris raised a total of $15,700.

2008

Burris won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Burris raised a total of $46,333.

Scorecards

Arkansas’s Freedom Scorecard

The Advance Arkansas Institute, an Arkansas-based nonprofit research and educational organization, released "Arkansas's Freedom Scorecard" in 2012 and 2013. The scorecard seeks to show how Arkansas legislators voted on the principles the Institute seeks to promote. It measures each state legislator in six categories, which include economic freedom, education reform, good government, personal liberty, small government and tax/budget policy. Scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Institute.[16] Burris received a score of 81% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 26th out of 97 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study. Burris received a score of 71% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 17th out of 99 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Donna Hutchinson (R)
Arkansas House District 98
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Arkansas House District 85
2009–2013
Succeeded by
David Whitaker (D)