Tom Burroughs

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Tom Burroughs
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Kansas House of Representatives District 33
In office
1997 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 18
Base salary$88.66/day
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sKansas City Community College (1988)
Date of birthNovember 21, 1954
Place of birthKansas City, Kansas
Office website
Campaign website
Tom Burroughs is a Democratic member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 33 since 1997. He currently serves as State House Assistant Minority Leader.

Prior to his election, Burroughs ran unsuccessfully for the House in 1990 and 1992. He has a Bachelor's degree from Kansas City Community College and spent nearly 30 years working at the Colgate-Palmolive Company.

Burroughs is the Chair of the Colgate-Palmolive Employees Credit Union and the Wy-Jo Chapter of Credit Unions.[1]


Campaign themes

Burroughs' website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

On Economic Opportunities and Growth

  • Excerpt:"As the recession starts to turn around we need to continue on a path toward prosperity and ensure job and business opportunities for all Kansans."

For The Best Public Schools in the Nation

  • Excerpt:"Ensure that our excellent public schools receive adequate funding and that our children continue to receive the knowledge and tools necessary to become active, productive citizens of the 21st century."

On Cheap Energy and a Clean Environment

  • Excerpt:"Kansas is the second windiest state in the country. We need to harness that potential to produce clean energy, which in turn will create new jobs."

For A Better Health Care System for Everyone

  • Excerpt:"Find ways to reduce the cost of health care to make it more accessible and affordable for all Kansans, while paying special attention to the needs of our seniors and our children."

On Keeping Our Moral Covenant

  • Excerpt:"Defend the most vulnerable of our population by funding necessary social services that are vital to so many disabled Kansans and ensure they receive the care, treatment, and dignity they deserve."

Policy Positions

Burroughs refused to take Project Vote Smart's 2008 Political Courage Test. The test, which is administered to all candidates for presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and state legislative offices, asks one central question - "Are you willing to tell citizens your positions on the issues you will most likely face on their behalf?"[2]

His answers to the Kansas State Legislative Election 1996 National Political Awareness Test are available.

  • H 2218 Healthy workplace act; abusive workplace environments. 02/04/2009
  • H 2245 Fair credit reporting act, credit freeze. 02/05/2009
  • H 5014 Expanded rail service; Kansas City to Fort Worth, Texas; congratulating Kansas Department of Transportation and others; urging action. 03/17/2009[3]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Burroughs served on the following committees:

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Financial Institutions
General Government Budget
Legislative Budget


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Burroughs served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Burroughs served on the following committees:



See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Burroughs won re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 33. He ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated Tony Bukaty (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 33, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTom Burroughs Incumbent 58% 4,835
     Republican Tony Bukaty 42% 3,506
Total Votes 8,341


See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Burroughs won re-election to the 33rd District Seat in 2010 with no opposition. He was also unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[6]


On November 4, 2008, Burroughs was re-elected to the 33rd District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives with no opposition. [7] He raised $17,575 for his campaign. [8]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 33
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Burroughs (D) 6,157 100%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Burroughs received $25,671 in campaign donations. The largest contributors to the campaign are listed below.[9]


In 2008 Burroughs collected $17,575 in donations.[10]

HIs four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansas Contractors Association $1,000
Kansans for Lifesaving Cures $750
Kansas Bankers Association $600
Altria $550


Burroughs and his wife Cathie have three children.[1]

Contact information

Capitol Office

Room: DSOB

Phone: 785-296-7885


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