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Encyclopedia > Richard Burr
Richard Burr
Richard Burr

Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 2005
Serving with Elizabeth Dole
Preceded by John Edwards
Succeeded by Incumbent (2011)

Born November 30, 1955 (1955-11-30) (age 51)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Political party Republican
Spouse Brooke F. Burr
Alma mater Wake Forest University
Religion Methodist

Richard Mauze Burr (born November 30, 1955) is a United States Senator from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A Republican, Burr represented North Carolina's 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives for five terms, and was elected to represent North Carolina as a U.S. Senator in the 2004 election. He defeated Democratic Party nominee Erskine Bowles in the open seat contest. Image File history File linksMetadata Richard_Burr_official_photo. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Politics Portal      The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... For the ecclesiastical office, see Incumbent (ecclesiastical). ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Elizabeth Hanford Liddy Dole (born July 29, 1936) is an American politician who served in both the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush presidential administrations, and currently serves as a United States senator representing the state of North Carolina. ... Johnny Reid John Edwards[1] (born June 10, 1953), is an American politician who was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2004 and a one-term U.S. Senator from North Carolina. ... is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Charlottesville is an independent city located within the confines of Albemarle County in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States, and named after Princess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of King George III of England. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ... The Methodist movement is a group of denominations of Protestant Christianity. ... is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Politics Portal      The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the... Nickname: Motto: Youre Something Special in Winston-Salem Location in North Carolina Coordinates: , Country State Counties Forsyth County Founded Incorporated 1766 (Salem) 1849 (Winston) 1913 Government  - Mayor Allen Joines (D) Area  - City  132. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The NC 5th district. ... The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. ... Erskine Boyce Bowles is an American businessman and political figure from the U.S. state of North Carolina. ...

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Background

Burr was born in Charlottesville, Virginia to Martha Gillum and Rev. David Horace Burr.[1] 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. Burr was on the school football team at both Reynolds High School and Wake Forest. He is a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Charlottesville is an independent city located within the confines of Albemarle County in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States, and named after Princess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of King George III of England. ... Name Richard J. Reynolds High School Address 301 N. Hawthorne Road City Winston-Salem, NC 27104 Phone Number (336)727-2012 Principal Art Paschal, Ed. ... Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... ΚΣ (Kappa Sigma) is an international fraternity with currently 236 chapters and 42 colonies in North America. ...


Prior to running for Congress, Burr worked for 17 years as a sales manager for Carswell Distributing Company - a distributor of lawn equipment.[2] In 1992, Burr ran against incumbent Democrat Stephen L. Neal, losing the general election by a small percentage. He ran again in 1994, and was elected to Congress. Burr is a board member of Brenner Children's Hospital, as well as of the group Idealliance - a group of local, academic, and government officials working to expand North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad Research Park, which involves bio-hazard and chemical, vaccines research.[3] Stephen Lybrook Steve Neal (born 1934) was a North Carolina Democratic politician who served ten terms in the U.S. House of Representatives (1975-1995). ... Brenner Childrens Hospital is really a hospital within a hospital. Specifically, it is the pediatric arm of North Carolina Baptist Hospital. ...


Burr cited concern for America's future as a motivator for his entry into politics. The son of a prominent minister, Burr was first elected to Congress in 1994. Burr was a businessman in Winston-Salem prior to his political career. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 1984, Burr married Brooke Fauth; the couple has two sons. This article is about the year. ...


Burr is a distant cousin of Aaron Burr; perhaps because of Burr's notorious reputation, he is only the second person with his last name to win election to Congress (the first was the presumably unrelated Albert G. Burr), and the first Burr in the Senate since the notorious Vice President.[4] This article discusses Aaron Burr (1756-1836), the American politician. ... Albert George Burr (1829 - 1882) was a United States Representative in Congress from the state of Illinois for two terms (serving from March 4, 1867 until March 3, 1871). ...


Election to Senate

In July 2004, Burr won the Republican primary to seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat John Edwards. He faced Democrat Erskine Bowles and Libertarian Tom Bailey. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Politics Portal      The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Johnny Reid John Edwards[1] (born June 10, 1953), is an American politician who was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2004 and a one-term U.S. Senator from North Carolina. ... Erskine Boyce Bowles is an American businessman and political figure from the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... The Libertarian Party is an American political party founded on Dec. ... Tom Bailey This article is about the politician. ...


Burr won the election by five percentage points. Bowles's and Burr's combined campaign expenditures totaled over 26 million dollars, making it one of the most expensive Senate races in the country. Burr raised more money from political action committees, $2.8 million, than any other Senate candidate in 2004, primarily from the business community. Of the 100 largest companies in America, at least 72 contributed to Burr. Those included the PACs for such corporations as Wal-Mart, Exxon Mobil, General Motors, Ford, General Electric and ChevronTexaco. [citation needed] In the United States, a political action committee, or PAC, is the name commonly given to a private group organized to elect or defeat government officials in order to promote legislation, often supporting the groups special interests. ... The Fortune 500 is a ranking of the top 500 United States corporations as measured by gross revenue. ... Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... Exxon Mobil Corporation or ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), headquartered in Irving, Texas, is an oil producer and distributor formed on November 30, 1999, by the merger of Exxon and Mobil. ... General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), also known as GM, is an American automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab and Vauxhall. ... “Ford” redirects here. ... “GE” redirects here. ... ChevronTexaco Corporation ( NYSE: CVX) is one of the worlds largest global energy companies. ...


Burr has strongly supported the policies of the Bush administration, publicly saying that President Bush "is right 96% of the time."[5] Like Bush, Burr is pro-life, supports the death penalty, and favors a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. In May 2007, he was one of fourteen Senators to vote against the Iraq War funding bill despite his strong support of the war, due to his opposition to the clauses of the bill that provide for an increase in domestic spending and assistance. [6] On June 26, 2007, Burr voted in favor of cloture for the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007. Two days later he voted against cloture.[7]) (S. 1639)[8]. The Bush administration includes President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, Bushs Cabinet, and other select officials and advisors. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... Issues of discussion Pro-life is a term representing a variety of perspectives and activist movements in bioethics. ... Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the state as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes or capital offences. ... Page I of the Constitution of the United States of America Page II of the United States Constitution Page III of the United States Constitution Page IV of the United States Constitution The Syng inkstand, with which the Constitution was signed The Constitution of the United States is the supreme... Same-sex marriage is marriage between individuals who are of the same legal or biological sex. ... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, or, in its full name, the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1348) was a bill discussed in the 110th United States Congress that would have provided legal status and a path to legal citizenship for the approximately...


According to www.congress.org, in 2007 Burr was the 86th most powerful Senator out of 100 (37th among Senate Republicans).[9]


Endorsements

Sen. Burr endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), for the 2008 Presidential Election, stating his confidence in McCain's leadership and style of governing.[10] For McCains grandfather and father, see John S. McCain, Sr. ... ...


Bioshield Two

Burr is the sponsor of Senate bill 1973, the Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act of 2005, nicknamed "Bioshield Two", which he says will give the Department of Health and Human Services "additional authority and resources to partner with the private sector to rapidly develop drugs and vaccines." Critics have stated that this bill would eliminate current regulatory and legal safeguards applied to vaccines. In addition, they state the bill is being pushed through Congress without giving voters the chance to make their objections known to their elected officials.[11] The Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act of 2005 (S. 1873), nicknamed Bioshield Two and sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), aims to shortcut safety testing for new vaccines and drugs in case of a pandemic, and to protect vaccine makers and the pharmaceutical industry from...


Electoral History

North Carolina U.S. Senate Election 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Richard Burr 1,791,450 52.3
Democratic Erskine Bowles 1,632,527 47.4

This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... Erskine Boyce Bowles is an American businessman and political figure from the U.S. state of North Carolina. ...

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Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen L. Neal
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 5th congressional district

1995–2005
Succeeded by
Virginia Foxx
Preceded by
John Edwards
United States Senator (Class 3) from North Carolina
2005–Present
Served alongside: Elizabeth Dole
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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Mrs. Bush's Remarks at Richard Burr for Senate Luncheon (1787 words)
In Washington, we know Congressman Burr as a principled, skilled legislator, who is not afraid to reach across the aisle to get things done for the people of his home state.
Richard's strong support for the President's economic stimulus plan is enabling millions of families -- including two-and-a-half million here in North Carolina -- to keep more of their own money.
Congressman Burr serves the people of North Carolina with integrity and conviction and these are the values we need in the United States Senate.
U.S. Senate: Senators Home > Senator Richard Burr (396 words)
On January 4, 2005, Richard Burr was sworn-in to serve North Carolina in the United States Senate.
Elected to the House of Representatives in 1994, Burr established himself as an effective legislator on health care issues and worked with his colleagues to restore accountability and fiscal discipline to the federal government.
Burr currently serves as the state Co-Chairman of the Partnership for a Drug Free North Carolina, and as a Board Member of Brenner Children’s Hospital.
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