Dan Burton

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Dan Burton
Dan Burton.jpg
U.S. House, Indiana, District 5
Retired Representative
In office
January 3, 2003-2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Indiana's 6th District
Indiana State Senate
Indiana State Senate
Indiana House of Representatives
Indiana House of Representatives
High schoolShortridge High School (1957)
Bachelor'sIndiana University, Cincinnati Christian University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1956-1962
Date of birthJune 21, 1938
Place of birthIndianapolis, Indiana
ProfessionInsurance Agent
Campaign website
Dan Burton campaign logo
Danny "Dan" Lee Burton (b. June 21, 1938, in Indianapolis, Indiana) 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]


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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]


Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives



Presidential preference


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


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]



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.


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, Indiana District 5 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, Indiana District 5 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

Full history

Campaign donors


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 .[16]


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 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.[17]

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, 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.[18]

National Journal vote ratings


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.[19]

Voting with party


Dan Burton voted with the Republican Party 92% of the time, which ranked 122nd among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[20]

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 National Journal, "Facing Tough Primary, Veteran Rep. Burton Bows Out," January 31, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Politico, "Dan Burton to retire in 2012," January 31, 2012
  3. GovTrack, "Burton" Accessed May 15, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Dan Burton-Indiana 5th District "Biography" Accessed November 5, 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dan Burton: Indiana 5th District "Dan's Committees" Accessed November 5, 2011
  6. News Max, "Rep. Burton: Gingrich Only Candidate Who Can Win Debate With Obama," January 25, 2012
  7. Wayne Seybold for Congress "Burton Endorses Seybold" Accessed April 13, 2012
  8. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  9. WTHR.com "Longtime Indiana Rep. Burton plans re-election bid" Accessed December 15, 2011
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  11. National Journal, "Rep. Dan Burton (R)," Accessed January 31, 2012
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. Open Secrets, "Dan Burton 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 5, 2011
  17. LegiStorm, "Dan Burton"
  18. OpenSecrets, "Burton, (R-Indiana), 2010"
  19. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  20. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Buyer
U.S. House of Representatives - Indiana District 5
Succeeded by
Susan Brooks