Michael Burgess

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Michael C. Burgess
Michael Burgess.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 26
In office
January 3, 2003-present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 12
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorth Texas State University
Master'sNorth Texas State University; University of Texas, Dallas
M.D.University of Texas Medical School, Houston
Date of birthDecember 23, 1950
Place of birthRochester, MN
Office website
Campaign website
Michael C. Burgess (b. December 23, 1950) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Burgess represents the 26th congressional district of Texas and was first elected to the House in 2002. He is ran for re-election in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Burgess is a "moderate Republican leader".[1]

Burgess won re-election on November 6, 2012.[2]


After earning his bachelor's degree and M.D., Burgess practiced medicine for over 20 years before pursuing his political career.[3]


  • 2003-present: U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Burgess is a member of the following House committees[4]:


Presidential preference


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

Michael Burgess endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [5]



See also: Texas' 26th congressional district elections, 2012

Burgess ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 26th District. He ran unopposed in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He defeated David Sanchez (D) and Mark Boler (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[6][7]

U.S. House, Texas District 26 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Burgess Incumbent 68.3% 176,642
     Democratic David Sanchez 28.7% 74,237
     Libertarian Mark Boler 3% 7,844
Total Votes 258,723
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Burgess won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Neil L. Durrance (D) and Mark Boler (L).[8]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 26, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael C. Burgess Incumbent 67.1% 120,984
     Democratic Neil L. Durrance 30.7% 55,385
     Libertarian Mark Boler 2.3% 4,062
Total Votes 180,431

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Burgess's reports.[9]

Michael Burgess (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 12, 2012$129,969.70$119,012.29$(69,848.56)$179,133.43
Pre-Primary[11]May 17, 2012$179,133.43$34,227.16$(72,955.55)$140,405.04
Running totals


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

Burgess won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Burgess's campaign committee raised a total of $1,019,693 and spent $1,031,170.[12]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Burgess paid his congressional staff a total of $1,036,485 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th 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, Burgess' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $926,085 to $2,880,999. That averages to $1,903,542 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[14]

Percentage vote with party

November 2011

Burgess voted with the Republican Party 90.0% of the time, which ranked 190 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[15]


Burgess and his wife, Laura, have three children and one grandchild.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dick Armey
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 26th District
Succeeded by