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$148/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Personal
ProfessionLong-Term Replacement Teacher
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John 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.

Burris was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 17 of the Arkansas State Senate.

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 took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014; a runoff election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Scott Flippo, John Burris and David Osmon faced off in the Republican primary. Because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters - Flippo and Burris - met in a runoff election on June 10, which Flippo won. Flippo was unchallenged in the general election.[8][9][10]

Arkansas State Senate, District 17 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Burris 42.6% 3,785
Green check mark transparent.pngScott Flippo 41.9% 3,722
David Osmon 15.5% 1,373
Total Votes 8,880
Arkansas State Senate, District 17 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngScott Flippo 51.3% 3,920
John Burris 48.7% 3,716
Total Votes 7,636

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.[11][12][13]

2010

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Burris won re-election to the 85th District seat in 2010. He faced no opposition.[14]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Burris won election to the 85th District Seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives, defeating opponent Bill Witty (D).[15]

Burris raised $46,333 for his campaign, while Witty raised $29,953.[16]

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.[17]

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.
Arkansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Burris's campaign in 2012
Arkansas Healthcare Association$4,000
Wal-Mart$3,000
Stephens Group$2,000
Exxonmobil$1,000
Altria$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$36,136
Source:Follow the Money

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

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2013

In 2013, the 89th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.[18]

Legislators are scored on their votes on the principles the Advance Arkansas Institute seeks to promote: free markets, individual liberty and limited transparent government.
Legislators are scored on the bills that the CFC found most important.
Legislators are scored on the bills specifically supported by Arkansas Learns.

2011

Legislators are scored on their votes on the principles the Advance Arkansas Institute seeks to promote: free markets, individual liberty and limited transparent government.
Legislators are scored on the bills that the CFC found most important.

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Rep. Burris Biography," accessed May 12, 2014
  2. Arkansas Legislative Council, "Official website," accessed May 12, 2014
  3. KATV, "Ark. panel votes to go forward with health grant," December 21, 2012
  4. The Arkansas Project, "Arkansas Legislative Council Fails to Block Obamacare Grant," December 21, 2012
  5. The Arkansas Project, "The Best of the Bad Obamacare Options for Arkansas," December 21, 2012
  6. Advance Arkansas Institute, "Why a Federal Exchange is the Best of the Bad Options Obamacare Gives to Arkansas," December 20, 2012
  7. Courier-News, "State given approval for partnership exchange," January 3, 2013
  8. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Candidate Information," accessed March 5, 2014
  9. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed June 26, 2014
  10. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Official primary runoff election results," accessed August 29, 2014
  11. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Election Results 2012," accessed November 7, 2012
  12. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2012 Election candidates," March 8, 2012
  13. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 20, 2013
  14. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Official election results," accessed December 13, 2013
  15. VoteNaturally.org, "2008 general election results, Arkansas," November 4, 2008
  16. Follow the Money, "Arkansas House spending, 2008," November 4, 2008
  17. followthemoney.org, "Burris, John," accessed August 21, 2013
  18. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 1, 2014
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)