Richard Burr

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Richard Burr
Richard Burr.jpg
U.S. Senate, North Carolina
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJohn Edwards (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$24,349,171
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina's 5th district
1995-2005
Education
Bachelor'sWake Forest University
Personal
BirthdayNovember 30, 1955 (age 55)
Place of birthCharlottesville, Virginia
ProfessionSales Executive
Net worth$2,151,517
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Richard Mauze Burr (b. November 30, 1955) is a Republican member of the United States Senate from North Carolina. He was first elected to the Senate in 2005.[1]

Burr previously was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina's 5th congressional district from 1995 to 2005.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Burr is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Biography

Burr was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. He graduated from Richard J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. in 1974 and earned a B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1978.[2]

Career

Prior to running for Congress, Burr worked for 17 years as a sales manager for Carswell Distributing Company, a distributor of lawn equipment.[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Burr serves on the following Senate committees[3]:

2011-2012

Burr served on the following committees:[4]

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

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

Richard Burr endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [5]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Burr voted for 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 Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists have been critical that President Obama did not offer a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[7][8][9]

According to the website Breitbart, Burr was 1 of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[10][11]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[12]

Elections

2010

On November 2, 2010, Burr was re-elected to the United States Senate for a second term. He defeated Elaine Marshall (D), Michael Beitler (Libertarian), and the write-in candidates.[13]

U.S. Senate, North Carolina General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Burr Incumbent 54.8% 1,458,046
     Democratic Elaine Marshall 43% 1,145,074
     Libertarian Michael Beitler 2.1% 55,687
     Independent Write-in 0% 1,272
Total Votes 2,660,079

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Burr is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Burr raised a total of $24,349,171 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 23, 2013.[15]

Richard Burr's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (North Carolina) Won $10,868,382
2004 U.S. Senate (North Carolina) Won $11,302,395
2002 U.S House of Representatives (North Carolina District 5) Won $1,210,424
2000 U.S House of Representatives (North Carolina District 5) Won $967,970
Grand Total Raised $24,349,171

2010

Breakdown of the source of Burr's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Burr was re-elected to the U.S. Senate for a second term in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $10,868,382 and spent $6,274,147.[16]
U.S. Senate, North Carolina, 2010 - Richard Burr Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $10,868,382
Total Spent $6,274,147
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $2,894,468
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $2,845,246
Top contributors to Richard Burr's campaign committee
New Breed Inc$84,050
Reynolds American$76,901
Scana Corp$62,099
Womble, Carlyle et al$61,377
Duke Energy$52,895
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$653,674
Health Professionals$523,742
Lawyers/Law Firms$472,755
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$467,124
Insurance$421,601

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Burr is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 24, 2013.[17]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Burr missed 79 of 2,580 roll call votes from Jan 2005 to Apr 2013, which is 3.1% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[18]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Burr paid his congressional staff a total of $2,542,700 in 2011. He ranked 18th on the list of the highest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranked 34th overall of the highest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, North Carolina ranked 34th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[19]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Burr's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,403,524 to $2,899,511. That averages to $2,151,517, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth increased by 35.82% from 2010.[20]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Burr's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $981,085 and $2,187,075. That averages to $1,584,080, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[21]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Burr ranked 23rd in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators.[22]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Burr was tied with one other member of the U.S. Senate ranking 7th in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators.[23]

Voting with party

June 2013

Richard Burr voted with the Republican Party 93.8 of the time, which ranked 2 among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[24]

Recent news

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Personal

Richard and his wife, Brooke, have two sons.[25]

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Richard Burr, U.S. Senator North Carolina "About Senator Burr - Biography"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "BURR, Richard M., (1955 - )"
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  4. Richard Burr, U.S. Senator North Carolina "Issues & Legislation - Committee Assignments"
  5. Washington Post, "Romney nabs N.C. Sen. Richard Burr endorsement, gaining support of one-quarter of Senate GOP," December 29, 2011
  6. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  8. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  9. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  10. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  11. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  12. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Richard Burr" April 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Richard Burr 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 5, 2011
  17. Gov Track "Richard Burr," Accessed June 24, 2013
  18. GovTrack, "Richard Burr" Accessed April 2013
  19. LegiStorm "Richard Burr"
  20. OpenSecrets.org "Richard Burr (R-NC), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Burr, (R-NC), 2010"
  22. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  23. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  25. Richard Burr, U.S. Senator North Carolina "About Senator Burr - Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
John Edwards
United States Senate
2005–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Stephen L. Neal
United States House of Representatives - District 5
1995–2005
Succeeded by
Virginia Foxx