Mike Burns

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Mike Burns
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 17
In office
March 12, 2013 - Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedFebruary 21, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina, 1974
Date of birthJune 9, 1952
Place of birthColumbia, SC
Office website
James Mikell "Mike" Burns (b. June 9, 1952) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on February 21, 2013. He was sworn into office March 12, 2013.


Burns earned a B.S. from the University of South Carolina in 1974. He is a businessman.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Burns served on the following committees:

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs



See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 124 seats in the South Carolina House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary 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 30, 2014. Incumbent Mike Burns defeated Joshua Cook in the Republican primary. Burns was unchallenged in the general election.[2][3][4]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 17 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Burns Incumbent 80.4% 2,965
Joshua Cook 19.6% 725
Total Votes 3,690


See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Burns won a special election for South Carolina House of Representatives District 17. The seat was vacant following Tom Corbin's (R) resignation on November 12, 2012, after he won election to both the House and the state Senate on November 6. Burns faced Roy Harmon, Tom Kolarik, Chris Sullivan and Randall Young in the Republican primary on January 11, 2013. Burns missed winning outright by one vote and went to a runoff with Chris Sullivan, which Burns won. Since no write-in Democrat filed to run by February 21, Burns was declared the winner on March 12.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 17, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Burns 100% 805
Total Votes 805


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The South Carolina State Legislature was in its 120th legislative session from January 8, 2013, to June 6, 2014. In 2014, a statewide session was held from June 17 to June 19 "for the consideration of certain specified matters."[12]

  • Legislators are scored on business issues, including: infrastructure funding, the Department of Employment and Workforce Integrity bill, expanding 4-year-old kindergarten and funding for the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council.
  • The scorecards are not comprehensive, but concentrate on issues related to jobs, spending, and freedom.
  • Legislators are scored on efforts to promote economic freedom, lower taxes, create an efficient and accountable state government, reduce spending, protect small businesses and reform the state's pension system.
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Burns and his wife, Anne Marie Park, have four children, Matthew, Kristin, Rhett and Katherine.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Corbin (R)
South Carolina House of Representatives District 17
Succeeded by