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Dan Burton
Dan Burton.jpg
U.S. House, Indiana, District 5
Retired Representative
In office
January 3, 2003-2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Indiana's 6th district
1983-2003
Indiana State Senate
1969-1970
Indiana State Senate
1981-1982
Education
High schoolShortridge High School (1957)
Bachelor'sIndiana University, Cincinnati Christian University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1956-1962
Personal
BirthdayJune 21, 1938
Place of birthIndianapolis, Indiana
ProfessionInsurance Agent
ReligionChristian
Websites
Campaign website
Dan Burton campaign logo
Danny "Dan" Lee Burton (b. June 21, 1938) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Burton served in the House from 2003-2013.

Burton announced did not seek re-election in 2012.[1] According to a Politico article, Burton's 2012 primary was likely to be even more challenging than in 2010. Burton had been openly criticized by newspapers and local Indiana GOP groups in recent years.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Burton was a "far-right Republican leader".[3]

Biography

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Burton was born on June 21, 1938, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Shortridge High School in 1957, and attended Indiana University and the Cincinnati Bible Seminary. Burton served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserves from 1957-1962.[4]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives

2011-2012

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Dan Burton endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [6]

U.S. House

2012

Burton endorsed Republican candidate Wayne Seybold in the 5th district elections in 2012.[7]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Neutral/Abstain Burton did not cast a vote regarding the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]

Elections

2012

See also: Indiana's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Burton initially declared his intent to run for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Indiana's 5th District[9] However, on January 31, 2012, Burton announced that he had withdrawn from the race and intended to retire after his term ended.[1] Burton indicated that he would retire because of personal health reasons.[2] Susan Brooks (R) defeated Scott Reske (D) and Chard Reid (L) in the general election.

2010

On November 2, 2010, Burton won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Tim Crawford (D), Jesse C. Trueblood (I), and Richard "Chard" Reid (L) in the general election.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives, Indiana's 5th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Burton Incumbent 61.9% 146,899
     Democratic Tim Crawford 25.3% 60,024
     Independent Jesse C. Trueblood 4.7% 11,218
     Libertarian Richard "Chard" Reid 8.1% 19,256
Total Votes 237,397

Burton won a five-way Republican Primary with just over 30 percent of the vote.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives, Indiana's 5th Congressional District, Primary Election Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Burton Incumbent 31.8% 32,769
Luke Messer 29.6% 30,502
John McGoff 20.1% 20,679
Michael Murphy 9.5% 9,805
Brose McVey 9.1% 9,372
Total Votes 103,127

Campaign donors

2010

Breakdown of the source of Burton's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Burton won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Burton's campaign committee raised a total of $1,131,679 and spent $1,255,407 .[12]

Analysis

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Burton paid his congressional staff a total of $990,030 in 2011. He ranked 58th on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 181st overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Indiana ranked 35th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[13]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Burton's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,118,019 and $2,520,000. That averages to $1,819,009.50, which was lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[14]

National Journal vote ratings

2011

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Burton ranked 29th in the conservative rankings.[15]

Voting with party

2011

Dan Burton voted with the Republican Party 92% of the time, which ranked 122nd among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[16]

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Personal

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Buyer
U.S. House of Representatives - Indiana District 5
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Susan Brooks