Robert Burns

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Robert Burns
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Arizona Corporation Commission
In office
Term ends
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$407,097
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Arizona State Senate District 9
January 2003 – 2011
Arizona House of Representatives
1989 – 2000
Date of birthMay 26, 1938
Place of birthRolfe, Iowa
ProfessionPresident, BMG Investments Incorporated
Office website
(dead link) Campaign website
Robert Burns is a Republican member of the Arizona Corporation Commission, the state body charged with regulating the state's utility companies.[1]

He previously served as a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate from 2002 to 2011. He was re-elected in 2004, 2006 and 2008.


Burns attended several different schools. He began by attending the U.S Navy Aviation Preparatory School and later went on to attend the U.S. Navy Avionics Technician School. Following his Navy schooling, he attended the General Electric Computer Programming School as well as Glendale Community College.

Burns is a former volunteer lobbyist for the Arizona Association of Child Care Management. He worked in the Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician from 1958 to 1962. After his service in the Navy he became a programming analyst for General Electric and Honeywell, where he worked until 1978. He was also employed by Rainbow Elementary Prep Schools from 1971 to 1997. Burns then worked for Dairy Queen of Sun City West until 1999. He has been the president of BMG Investments Incorporated since 1971 and has worked for Christmas Cottage-Gifts and Collectibles since 1995.

In 1978, Burns began his political career as a precinct committee-person for the Deputy Registrar. He served as Legislative District Chair in 1986. He was later elected to the Arizona State House of Representatives in 1989 and served until 2000. In 2002, Burns was elected to the Arizona State Senate to represent the 9th District, which included a stint as President of the Senate.[2]

Committee assignments

Burns served on the following committee:



See Robert Burns official website for information about sponsored legislation.

Political career

Arizona Corporation Commission (2012-Present)

Burns was first elected in 2012.



See also: Arizona down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Burns ran for Arizona Corporation Commission in 2012.[3] A total of three seats were up for election on the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2012. Incumbent Bob Stump and Susan Bitter Smith ran in the August 28 Republican primary. Burns won in the general election on general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Arizona Corporation Commission General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Paul Newman Incumbent 15.5% 868,726
     Democratic Sandra Kennedy Incumbent 15.4% 862,876
     Democratic Marcia Busching 13.8% 776,472
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Stump Incumbent 17.5% 979,034
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Burns 16.8% 943,157
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Bitter Smith 16.7% 935,575
     Libertarian Christopher Gohl 2% 112,490
     Green Daniel Pout 1% 58,607
     Green Thomas Meadows 1.2% 67,950
     Write-in Various 0.1% 3,784
Total Votes 5,608,671
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.

Arizona Corporation Commission-Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Stump Incumbent 34.9% 280,838
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert "Bob" Burns 31.7% 255,367
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Bitter Smith 32.9% 264,545
Write-in 0.5% 3,887
Total Votes 804,637
Election Results via The Arizona Secretary of State.

Incumbents Paul Newman and Sandra Kennedy, as well as Marcia Busching, ran in the Democratic primary.[4] Burns won election in the general election on November 6, 2012.


See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2010

Burns was ineligible to run for re-election to the state Senate in 2010 due to Arizona's term limits.


In 2008 Burs was re-elected to the Arizona State Senate, District 9. He finished with 40,214 while his opponent Karen Price finished with 32,236 votes.[5] Burns raised $40,370 for his campaign funds.

Arizona State Senate, District 9
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Burns (R) 40,214
Karen Price (D) 32,236

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Robert Burns is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Robert Burns raised a total of $407,097 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 5, 2013.[6]

Robert Burns's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona Corporation Commission Won $245,850
2008 Arizona State Senate District 9 Won $40,370
2006 Arizona State Senate District 9 Won $22,869
2004 Arizona State Senate District 9 Won $24,066
2002 Arizona State Senate District 9 Won $37,676
1998 Arizona State House District 17 Won $24,324
1996 Arizona State House District 17 Won $11,942
Grand Total Raised $407,097


Burns won election to the position of Arizona Corporation Commissioner in 2012. During that election cycle, Burns raised a total of $245,850.


In 2008 Burns raised $40,370 in campaign donations.[7] Listed below are his top four contributors.

Donor Amount
Arizona Association of Realtors $1,000
Salt River Valley Water Users Association $1,000
Home Builders Associatino of Central Arizona $700
Arizona Multihousing Association $500


Robert has two children with his wife Gayle.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Arizona Corporation Commission
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Arizona State Senate District 9
Succeeded by
Rick Murphy