Terry Burton

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Terry Burton
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Mississippi State Senate District 31
In office
1992 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 23
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$109/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1991
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthJanuary 31, 1956
Place of birthPhiladelphia, Mississippi
Office website
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Terry C. Burton (b. January 31, 1956) is a Republican member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber in 1991.

Burton was Mayor of the City of Newton from 1989 to 1992.


Brown received his diploma from Newton High School in 1974. His professional experience includes working as a director at Parent Training & Information Center; marketing and public relations consultant; radio consultant; salesman; radio personality; manager of WQST, WMOX, and WMYQ Radio; and owner/manager of For Real Productions.

Committee assignments


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Burton served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012
Energy, Chair
Appropriations, Vice Chair
Universities and Colleges, Vice Chair
Congressional Redistricting
Judiciary, Division A
Legislative Budget
Legislative Reapportionment
Public Health and Welfare
Public Property


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Burton served on these committees:

Election history


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Burton won re-election to the Mississippi Senate District 31. He defeated Tad Cambell in the primary on August 2, 2011. Melvin Hendricks ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Burton defeated Hendricks in the general election on November 8, 2011. [1]

Mississippi State Senate, District 31 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Burton Incumbent 72.4% 12,708
     Democratic Melvin Hendricks 27.6% 4,836
Total Votes 17,544
Mississippi State Senate, District 31 Republican Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Burton Incumbent 64.9% 4,674
Tad Campbell 35.1% 2,529
Total Votes 7,203


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Terry Burton ran for District 31 of the Mississippi State Senate, beating Fred Hamilton. [2]

Terry Burton raised $126,400 for his campaign.[3]

Mississippi Senate, District 31
Candidates Votes Percent
Terry Burton (R) 10,429 68.9%
Fred Hamilton (D) 4,697 31.1%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Burton received $69,750 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Terry Burton's campaign in 2011
Mississippi Hospital Association$5,000
Health Management Associates Of Mississippi$2,000
Holladay, Clay E$2,000
Centene Corp$1,500
Total Raised in 2011 $69,750
Total Votes received in 2011 12,708
Cost of each vote received $5.49


In 2009 Terry Burton collected $11,900 in donations. [5]

His four largest contributors in 2009 were:

Donor Amount
Astrazeneca $1,100
Merck & Co. $1,000
Magnolia Corp. $1,000
AT&T $1,000


Burton and his wife, Darlene, have two stepchildren.

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