Richard Burr

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U.S. Senator

Richard Burr




Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Armed Services, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the NC-Senate Class III Seat:
(Next election: 2 November 2010)

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On the Web
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Richard Mauze Burr a Republican, has represented the state of North Carolina in the Senate since 2004.


Record and controversies


"Cape Lookout Lighthouse Inspires Political Cooperation". News&Observer. July 6, 2010.

Sen. Burr (R-NC) along with Sen. Hagan (D-NC) and Rep. Walter Jones (D-NC) toured the grounds of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse which was newly renovated due to natural deterioration.

"GOP senators' energy bill pushes nuclear power, natural gas". MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS. July 6, 2010.

Sen. Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) have introduced an alternate bill to Sen. Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. Lieberman (I-CT). The newly introduced bill focuses on tax credits for “taxpayer-financed support for nuclear plants, electric vehicles, natural gas vehicles and a variety of renewable energy sources”.

"TV ads portray Burr as beholden to oil". Charlotte Observer. July 5, 2010.

In a newly released TV ad, Sen. Burr (R-NC) is shown as “beholden to oil” mainly due to his receipt of donations from oil companies.


"Drug Lobby Showers Money On Its Hero Harry Reid". Washington Examiner. July 7, 2010

“Drug lobby showers money on its hero Harry Reid”. Also mentioned in the article is Sen. Burr’s position as number one recipient from “Pharma PACs” simply because Burr’s “base is in the Research Triangle Park”.

"Easier PTSD rules praised by veterans, others". Fayetteville Observer. July 13, 2010.

This article highlights Sen. Burr's (R-NC) position on the need to "speed up the processing of those [PTSD] claims".





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Iraq War

Burr voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

National Uniformity for Food Act

During the 108th Congress, at the time a Representative in the House, Burr introduced the National Uniformity for Food Act (H.R.2699). Specifically, the bill declared that no state or local government would be permitted to require a warning relating to food, including any component or package of the food, unless the specific warning had been required by the FDA and the state warning was identical to the FDA warning. This requirement of national uniformity in food warnings would apply to the food label, advertising, posters, public notices, and other forms of communication. The bill did not receive consideration on the House floor.

After becoming a Senator, Burr introduced the legislation again, this time in the Senate, on May 25, 2006, during the 109th Congress. It was referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, of which Burr was a member. A hearing was held on July 27, 2006, but no action was taken on the bill.

Main article: National Uniformity for Food Act


Burr was born November 30, 1955 and was eduated at Wake Forest University (B.A. 1978). He was a businessman in Winston-Salem prior to his political career.

Burr represented North Carolina's 5th Congressional the U. S. House of Representatives for five terms. He was first elected to Congress in 1994 as part of the "Gingrich Revolution", promising term limits.

Burr has strong ties to the North Carolina Piedmont Triad Research Park, involving bio-hazard and chemical, vaccines research.

He took large contributions from several chemical-oil companies including MTBE-Conoco in 1997, then sponsored a bill to offer liability protection. The company was found guilty in 1997 of tainting groundwater in the state.[[1]]

In July 2004, Burr won the Republican primary to seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by John Edwards. He faced Democrat Erskine Bowles and Libertarian Tom Bailey. Burr won the election by five percentage points.

Burr is the sponsor of Senate bill 1873, 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 velop drugs and vaccines."

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
New Breed Inc$ 82,300
Reynolds American$ 74,551
Scana Corp$ 58,074
Duke Energy$ 51,771
Womble, Carlyle et al$ 49,927
Wells Fargo$ 43,740
Bank of America$ 37,020
Lowe's Companies$ 34,600
Merck & Co$ 31,550
Northwestern Mutual$ 31,220
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Richard Burr
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Richard Burr. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 217 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-3154 Fax: 202-228-2981
    Webform email
District offices
  • Federal Building, 151 Patton Avenue, Suite 204, Asheville, NC 28801
    Ph: 828-350-2437 Fax: (none entered)
  • City Hall, 181 South Street, Room 222, Gastonia, NC 28052
    Ph: 704-833-0854 Fax: (none entered)
  • 100 Coast Line Street, Room 210, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
    Ph: 252-977-9522 Fax: (none entered)
  • 2000 West First Street, Suite 508, Winston Salem, NC 27104
    Ph: 336-631-5125 Fax: (none entered)
  • 201 North Front Street, Suite 809, Wilmington, NC 28401
    Ph: 910-251-1058 Fax: (none entered)
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Articles and Resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

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