was a 2012 Republican
candidate seeking election to the U.S. House
representing the 4th Congressional District
. She was defeated by incumbent Steve Palazzo
in the March 13 primary.
For the last 15 years, Burleson has served as the CEO and President of the International Sibling Society, a charitable organization that seeks to increase awareness of child abandonment around the world. Upon graduation from the University of Memphis in 1994, Burleson worked as a paralegal and a realtor in the Washington DC area. In 2000, she completed her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree at the University of Memphis. For six months in 2004, she also worked for the US Federal Government in Baghdad as a liaison to the Iraqi Ministry of Youth and Sport. From August 2010 through August 2011, she worked as a volunteer for Americorp in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in a tutoring capacity for 6-8th graders. 
- See also: Mississippi's 4th congressional district elections, 2012
Burleson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Mississippi's 4th District. She was defeated by incumbent Steve Palazzo in the March 13 primary.
|U.S. House of Representatives-Mississippi District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Steven Palazzo Incumbent
| Cindy Burleson
| Ron Vincent
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