Clara Burnett

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Clara Burnett
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Mississippi House of Representatives, District 9
In office
2004 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 11
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 4, 2003
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sJackson State University
M.D.Delta State University
Date of birthAugust 28, 1941
ProfessionFuneral director
Office website
Clara Henderson Burnett (b. August 28, 1941) is a Democratic member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 9. She was first elected to the chamber in 2003.

Burnett is not running for re-election to the State House in 2015.


Burnett earned her B.S. from Jackson State University and M.S. from Delta State University. Her professional experience includes working as a funeral director and teacher.[1]

Committee assignments


During the 2012-2013 legislative session, Burnett served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012
Gaming, Vice Chair
Universities and Colleges
Youth and Family Affairs


During the 2010-2011 legislative session, Burnett served on the following committees:



See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Burnett won re-election to District 9 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. She ran unopposed in the August 2 primary and was unchallenged in the November 8 general election.[2]


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Burnett won re-election in District 9. She defeated Henry Sonny Nickson, Jr. in the primary election.[3] Burnett ran unopposed in the general election, garnering a total of 4,060 votes.[4]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 9 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Clara Burnett (D) 4,060 100.00%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Burnett received $1,500 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Clara Burnett's campaign in 2011
Unitemized Contributions$1,500
Total Raised in 2011 $1,500
Total Votes received in 2011 5,337
Cost of each vote received $0.28


In 2007, Burnett collected $2,600 in donations.[6]

Listed below are the largest contributors to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Unitemized Contributions $2,600


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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[7]

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Mississippi House of Representatives District 9
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