Bruce Burns

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Bruce Burns
Wyoming State Senate District 21
In office
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 11
Base salary$150/day
Per diem$109/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Term limitsNext election = November 4, 2014
Prior offices
Wyoming State House
Bachelor'sUniversity of Colorado
BirthdayJune 30, 1952
Place of birthNew York, NY
Office website
Bruce Burns (b. June 30, 1952) is a Republican member of the Wyoming State Senate, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Burns served in the Wyoming House of Representatives, representing District 21 from 1995 to 2002.


Burns earned his B.A. from the University of Colorado. Burns has worked as both a Pyrotechnician and a Children's Instructor in Tae Kwon Do.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Wyoming Committee Assignments, 2013
Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources, Chair
Joint Judiciary
Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources, Chair


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


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



See also: Wyoming State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Wyoming State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 19, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 30, 2014. Incumbent Bruce Burns ran unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[2]


Bruce Burns was re-elected to the Wyoming State Senate, District 21. He was unopposed in the August 17 primary. He was unopposed in the November 2, 2010, general election.[3][4]

Wyoming State Senate, District 21 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bruce Burns (R) 5,825
Wyoming State Senate, District 21 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bruce Burns (R) 3,127


On November 7, 2006, Bruce Burns won re-election to the Wyoming State Senate, District 21. He ran unopposed.[5]

Bruce Burns raised $2,225 for his campaign.[6]

Wyoming State Senate, District (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bruce Burns 6,300

Campaign donors


In 2010, Burns received $1,650 in campaign donations. The largest contributors are listed below.[7]

Wyoming State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bruce Burns's campaign in 2010
Williams Companies$500
Chevron Corp$300
BNSF Railway$200
Wyoming Stockgrowers Association$100
WY Rural Electric Association PAC$100
Total Raised in 2010 $1,650


In the year 2006, Bruce Burns raised $2,225 for his campaign.[8]

His top four contributors were:

Donor Amount
Bruce D.Burns $1,000
Wyoming Association of Realtors $500
Questar $250
BNSF Railway $200


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Wyoming

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Wyoming scorecards, email suggestions to

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.


In 2012, the Wyoming State Legislature was in session from January 11 through February 13 through March 9.[9]

Legislators are scored on "whether they support or inhibit liberty."


In 2011, the Wyoming State Legislature was in session from January 11 through March 3.[10]

Legislators are scored on their votes on "key environmental bills."

Wyoming Liberty Index

The Wyoming Liberty Index, a study created in 2003, issues a Scorecard that rates all final bills in the Wyoming State Legislature on whether the bills supported or hindered liberty. Legislators are also given a "liberty score" based on their voting patterns. The Wyoming Liberty Index 2012 report was issued on the 61st Legislature during the 2012 budget session. Scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates a higher level of "aye" votes on bills considered pro-liberty and "nay" votes on what the organization considers anti-liberty bills.[11] Burns received a score of 34% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 22nd out of 31 members of the Wyoming State Senate. Although there are 30 members of the Senate, a 31st "hypothetical legislator" voting nay on every bill was also included.

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