Bruce Burton

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Bruce Burton
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Mississippi Public Service Commissioner, Central District
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 2, 2011
Next primaryAugust 4, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAlcorn State University (1978)
J.D.Southern University (1996)
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Bruce Burton is a Democratic candidate for Mississippi Public Service Commissioner, representing the Central District, in the 2015 elections.[1]

Burton was also a candidate for the Central District of the Mississippi Public Service Commission in 2011, when he unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination in the August 2 primary.[2]

He has previously run for judicial positions in Hinds County, including county court judge in 2014 and circuit court judge in 2010.[3][4]

Burton is a private practice attorney based in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the founder and owner of Burton Law Firm, which specializes in personal injury.[5]


Burton was born and raised on a farm in Shaw, Miss., where he worked in rice and bean fields and chopped cotton, among other manual labor and food service jobs.

He holds a B.A. from Alcorn State University and a J.D. from Southern University. He studied counseling and sociology at Delta State University after completing his undergraduate degree and was enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Jackson State University during his 2010 campaign for circuit court judge.[6]

In October 2000, four years after graduating from law school, Burton started his own practice, Burton Law Firm. The firm, where he works alongside his wife, attorney Cheryl Burton, deals mainly with "serious personal injuries."[5]

Prior to establishing his own firm, Burton's legal experience included working for Southwest Mississippi Legal Services, Lumumba, Freelon & Associates and Walls Law Firm, located in McComb, Jackson and Greenwood, respectively. He has also worked as a substitute teacher.[7]


  • B.A - Alcorn State University (1978)
  • J.D. - Southern University (1996)



See also: Mississippi Public Service Commission election, 2015

Eleven state executive offices in Mississippi are up for election in 2015. The general election will be held on November 3, 2015, following a primary election on August 4, 2015. Runoffs are scheduled for August 25 in case no candidate receives a majority (50 percent plus one) of the popular vote in a given primary race. The following sections summarize filed candidates running for each state executive office on the ballot:

See also: Mississippi gubernatorial election, 2015

Lieutenant Governor
See also: Mississippi lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2015

Attorney General
See also: Mississippi Attorney General election, 2015

Secretary of State
See also: Mississippi Secretary of State

State Treasurer
See also: Mississippi Treasurer election, 2015


See also: Mississippi Auditor election, 2015

Commissioner of Agriculture

See also: Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture election, 2015

Commissioner of Insurance

See also: Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance election, 2015

Public Service Commission (3 seats)

See also: Mississippi Public Service Commission election, 2015
Northern District:

Central District:
Incumbent Lynn Posey (R) is not seeking re-election.

Southern District:
Incumbent Steve Renfroe (I) is not seeking re-election.


Burton ran for Hinds County Court, representing District 2, in the 2014 judicial elections. He faced five opponents in the general election on November 4, 2014, and drew 185 votes, finishing in last place.[9]


See also: Mississippi down ballot state executive elections, 2011

Burton sought the Democratic primary nomination for the Central District seat on the Mississippi Public Service Commission in the primary election on August 2, 2011. He narrowly lost the primary to Addie Green.[2]

Mississippi Public Service Commissioner, Central District, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAddie Green 51.9% 55,946
Bruce Burton 48.1% 51,836
Total Votes 107,782
Election Results Via: Mississippi Democratic Party


See also: Mississippi judicial elections, 2010

Burton ran for the Mississippi Seventh Judicial District, Place 1 in 2010.[10] His campaign was nearly all self-funded. Burton was defeated by Jeff Weill in the November 2 general election, taking only 14 percent of the vote.[11][12][13]


Burton resides in Jackson with his wife, Cheryl Burton, a fellow attorney with whom he runs Burton Law Firm.[5]

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