Emmett Burns, Jr.
|Emmett Burns, Jr.|
|Maryland House of Delegates District 10|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||20|
|Deputy Majority Whip, Maryland State House of Delegates|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Jackson State University, 1962|
|Master's||Presbyterian School of Christian Education, 1969|
|Ph.D.||University of Pittsburgh, 1974|
|Other||MDiv, Virginia Union University, 1968|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1975-1978|
|Date of birth||August 26, 1940|
|Place of birth||Jackson, MS|
|Profession||Pastor, Rising Sun First Baptist Church|
Burns' professional experience includes working as the Pastor at Rising Sun First Baptist Church, Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Professor at the University of Maryland Ecumenical Institute of Theology. He served in the United States Air Force.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Burns served on these committees:
- Economic Matters
- Subcommittee on Business Regulation
- Subcommittee on Unemployment Insurance, Chair
- Unemployment Insurance Oversight, Chair
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Burns served on these committees:
- Economic Matters
- Subcommittee on Business Regulation
- Subcommittee on Property and Casualty Insurance
- Subcommittee on Unemployment Insurance
- Federal Relations
- Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse
|Maryland House of Delegates, District 10 General Election (2010)|
|Emmett Burns, Jr. (D)||31,513|
|Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (D)||31,399|
|Adrienne Jones (D)||29,719|
|Jeanne Turnock (R)||6,837|
Emmett Burns, Jr. raised $76,233 for his campaign.
|Maryland House of Delegates, District 10|
|Emmett Burns, Jr. (D)||29,140||34.2%|
|Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (D)||28,544||33.5%|
|Adrienne Jones (D)||27,064||31.8%|
In 2010, a year in which Burns was up for re-election, he collected $85,750 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Maryland House of Delegates 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Emmett Burns, Jr.'s campaign in 2010|
|Cmte For Kamenetz||$3,200|
|Friends Of Scott Shellenberger||$2,250|
|R & J Group Inc||$2,000|
|Baltimore County Homebuilders Political Action Commitee||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$85,750|
In 2006 Emmett Burns, Jr. collected $76,233 in donations. 
His five largest contributors in 2006 were:
|Northwest Catonsville Democratic Club||$4,000|
|Security Square Associates||$2,000|
|B & R Brooks Professional Tax Service||$1,500|
|Vaughn C Greene Funeral Services||$1,500|
Views on same-sex marriage
In August 2012, Burns wrote a letter to Steve Bisciotti, the owner of the Baltimore Ravens. The letter regarded Brendon Ayanbadejo, a Ravens player and vocal supporter of same-sex marriage. Ayanbadejo has written columns and appeared in videos advocating his views on the subject. Burns wrote:
"Many of my constituents and your football supporters are appalled and aghast that a member of the Ravens Football Team would step into this controversial divide and try to sway public opinion one way or the other. Many of your fans are opposed to such a view and feel it has no place in a sport that is strictly for pride, entertainment and excitement. I am requesting that you take the necessary action, as a National Football Franchise Owner, to inhibit such expressions from your employee and that he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions. I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing."
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote a response to Burns, taking him to task for his views on gay marriage and defending Ayanbadejo. He wrote:
"I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won't come into your house and steal your children. They won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won't even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population—rights like Social Security benefits, child care tax credits, Family and Medical Leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA healthcare for spouses and children. You know what having these rights will make gays? Full-fledged American citizens just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that entails. Do the civil-rights struggles of the past 200 years mean absolutely nothing to you?"
In the P.S., Kluwe stated, "I've also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage so you can take your "I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing" and shove it in your close-minded, totally lacking in empathy piehole and choke on it. Asshole."
Burns is Chair of the Baltimore Safe Schools Committee and the United Baptist Convention of Maryland Social Action Committee, and is a member of the National Baptist Convention of the United States of America, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and Commission to Coordinate the Study, Commemoration, and Impact of Slavery's History and Legacy in Maryland.
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- Maryland House of Delegates - Rep. Emmett Burns, Jr.
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2008, 2006, 2002, 1998
- Maryland State Board of Elections - 2010 Election results
- Maryland House of Delegates official election results for 2006
- Follow the Money's report on Burns' 2006 campaign contributions
- 2010 campaign contributions
- 2006 contributors to Emmett Burns, Jr.
- CNN, "When football, same-sex marriage and politics collide," September 8, 2012
- Deadspin, "“They Won’t Magically Turn You Into A Lustful Cockmonster”: Chris Kluwe Explains Gay Marriage To The Politician Who Is Offended By An NFL Player Supporting It," September 7, 2012
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Burns
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