John Burton (California)

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John Lowell Burton (born December 15, 1932, in Cincinnati, Ohio) is the current chairman of the California Democratic Party.[1] He previously served in this role in 1973-74.

Ballot measures

Burton is the sponsor of a Tax on California Oil and Natural Gas Initiative.

Elective offices

  • 1965-1974: Member of the California State Assembly
  • 1974-1982: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Burton first won election to the U.S. House in a special election on June 4, 1974 to fill the California CD-6 seat made vacant by the resignation of Congressman William S. Mailliard.[2] On November 5 of that same year, he was elected to the California CD-5 seat. He was re-elected in CD-5 in 1976, 1978 and 1980. Burton resigned this position in 1982 when he entered rehab for cocaine and alcohol abuse.[2]
  • 1988-1996: Member of the California State Assembly
  • 1996-2004: Member of the California State Senate

Notable quotes

  • "Why the **** should Amazon skate when we have a state where we are shutting down schools, shutting down hospitals, firing teachers, firing cops, firing firemen, screwing mental health people — because they don't want to have a god damned sales tax like everybody else...My daughter gave me a Kindle for my birthday present, and I will not use it because of these god damned people at Amazon. I go to my bookstore, buy a god damned book, and sit and read it. It is that simple. I can read it taking a crap, as opposed to looking at a Kindle or a computer taking a crap."[3]
  • "I have always considered golf a good walk spoiled. As a recovering cocaine addict, I am surprised that anyone would think that it is at all constructive to spend one's free time using that drug."[4]
  • "After reading about the despicable act by the Republican minority, denying Goodwin Liu an up-or-down vote to sit on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, I believe it is time to consider taking a page from the Republican playbook when they were in the majority and threatened to exercise the nuclear option when dealing with Presidential appointees. Many Democrats throughout California and the nation are sick and tired of the minority party’s disproportionate impact on one of the great legacies of President Obama, an enlightened and intelligent judiciary."[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Milton Marks
California State Senate District 3
Succeeded by
Carole Migden

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