Richard M. Burr

Senator from North Carolina

Richard M. Burr

Richard M. Burr

Senator from North Carolina

Biography

Richard Mauze Burr

Serving his fifth term in Congress, Richard Burr (NC-05) is a committed and respected advocate for the people of North Carolina. Raised in Winston-Salem, Richard's priorities focus on the needs of his constituency and promoting economic vitality for a competitive community. Richard is uniquely positioned to protect and promote North Carolina's economic and security interests as a leader on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
After graduating from R.J. Reynolds High School and Wake Forest University, Richard began his career far from the halls of Congress. After 17 years with Carswell Distributing, he entered politics to reverse a trend of rising taxes and centralized government that burdened North Carolina families and business. Elected in 1994, Richard was sworn into office January 1995 and immediately began work with his colleagues to restore accountability and fiscal discipline to the federal government. Dubbed the "Contract With America," Republicans in the House made good on their promise to pass legislation to restore common sense principles to federal government practices.

Richard's first major legislative achievement was passage of H.R. 1411 (S. 830, enacted), the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997. The "Burr Bill" makes significant improvement to the federal regulation of food, drugs, medical devices, and biologics by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Quickly recognized as an effective legislator by his colleagues, Richard was selected by Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA) to serve as Vice-Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in January 2001. With jurisdiction over all interstate and foreign commerce, including energy, telecommunications, health care, biomedical research, consumer protection, the environment, and travel and tourism, the Committee considers nearly half of all legislation introduced on the House floor. As the only member of the North Carolina delegation on the Committee, Richard is committed to being a voice for all North Carolinians.

Richard has taken an active role in working to improve our nation's health care infrastructure. His primary goal is to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to affordable, high quality health care services. Selected to the Speaker Hastert's Task Force on Health Care, Richard was a chief architect and original sponsor of "Medicare Rx 2000," legislation that offers an affordable prescription drug benefit for all Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare Rx 2000 passed the House of Representatives in June 1999 and is the foundation for future consideration of prescription drug legislation.

In January 2001, Richard was selected by Speaker Hastert to serve on the House Select Committee on Intelligence and the Task Force on Terrorism. In the wake of September 11th, the Task Force was granted elevated status as the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security. In this capacity, Richard is actively involved in examining all aspects of terrorist attacks, including the vulnerability of America's infrastructure and counter-terrorism, preparedness and response capabilities.

In June 2002, Richard joined President George W. Bush at the White House for the Rose Garden signing ceremony of "The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act." Richard was a member of the Conference Committee on Bioterrorism and an original co-sponsor of this legislation, which provides funds to strengthen North Carolina's preparedness and response to bioterror threats and other public health emergencies.

At the request of local government leaders, property owners, and environmental enthusiasts in Northwest North Carolina, Richard petitioned the Clinton Administration in 1998 to designate the New River as an American Heritage River as defined in Executive Order 13061. As the oldest river in the world, President Clinton selected the New as one of his first American Heritage Rivers and personally appeared with Richard and other state officials in Ashe County for an official dedication.

With bipartisan spirit, Richard joins the North Carolina delegation as a strong supporter of the National Sea Grant College program, a program that encourages the wise stewardship of our marine resources through research, education, outreach and technology transfer. A longtime target for elimination, Richard fights to maintain funding to the program and one of its funding recipients, North Carolina State University.

Outside of the beltway, Richard currently serves as the state Co-Chairman of the Partnership for a Drug Free North Carolina, and as a Board Member for Brenner Children's Hospital. Richard is also an active Board Member of Idealliance, a group of local, academic, and government officials working to expand the Piedmont Triad Research Park. Richard resides in Winston-Salem with his wife Brooke and two sons.

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Washington, DC, United States

Number of Boards

7

Birthday

11/30/1955 - Charlottesville, VA, United States

Age

64

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Richard M. Burr
Senator from North Carolina
Education
B.A. in Communications
Class of 1978

Wake Forest University is an institution of higher education dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts and in graduate and professional education. It operates Wake Forest College, a graduate school of arts and sciences, and four professional schools.

Attendee
Class of 1974
Memberships
Co-Chair
Current

The Congressional Boating Caucus is an informal, bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Representatives formed in 1989 to advocate for the interests of the recreational boating industry.

Member
Current

The bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) has grown into one of the largest and most effective caucuses in the US Congress with nearly 300 members of the House and Senate representing almost all 50 states. The CSC, with direct support from CSF, has maintained its effectiveness in championing the sportsmen’s agenda in Congress even through shifts in political power. While the threats to sportsmen’s interests are ever present, the CSC remains an identified group of allies continuously working as pro-sportsmen elected officials to protect and advance the agenda and interests of America’s sportsmen and women.

Career History
Sales Manager
Prior

Carswell Distributing Co. offers distribution services. Its products include outdoor power equipment, accessories and replacement parts, and home heating system. The company was founded by Robert E. Carswell in 1948 and is headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Trustees
Prior - 2015

ENHANCE AND PERPETUATE THE HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF THE U.S. CAPITOL.

Co-Chairman
Prior

Insight Human Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization, which engages in the provision of substance abuse and mental health services. It offers residential and outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents. The company was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC.

Governor
Tenure Unconfirmed

ADVOCATE AND MAINTAIN THE PRINCIPLES OF REPUBLICANISM AS ENUNCIATED BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WHILE PROMOTING SOCIAL INTERACTION FOR ITS MEMBERS.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$50 - $499
2014

TO OPERATE EXCLUSIVELY FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES FOR THE BENEFIT OF, TO PERFORM THE FUNCTIONS OF, AND TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES OF WINSTON-SALEM INDUSTRIES FOR THE BLIND, INC., A 501(C)(3) ORGANIZATION.

$50 - $499
2013

TO OPERATE EXCLUSIVELY FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES FOR THE BENEFIT OF, TO PERFORM THE FUNCTIONS OF, AND TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES OF WINSTON-SALEM INDUSTRIES FOR THE BLIND, INC., A 501(C)(3) ORGANIZATION.

$50 - $499
2013

Industries for the Blind, serving the Winston-Salem community since 1936, the Asheville community since 1991, and the Mayaguez, Puerto Rico community since 2006, provides employment and services for people in the local blind communities.The company produces high quality, value priced products ranging from custom-made mattresses and military clothing to prescription eye glasses for consumers in the local community and across the nation as well as for military personnel and their families around the world.Industries for the Blind provides meaningful employment with competitive marketplace wages and benefits for a segment of the population that national statistics indicate might not otherwise be employed. The firm is widely known for their quality workmanship, teamwork and dedication.Its mission is to provide opportunities for persons who are blind or visually impaired in need of training, employment and services. The mission is accomplished through creating a state of the art work environment with work processes and training programs custom designed to meet special needs. The company's agency has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally as a provider of choice for jobs, products and services.Industries for the Blind has provided employment for thousands of visually impaired people since its inception. It is currently the largest employer of the blind in North Carolina with over 200 (and over 350 blind employees in total) blind employees and 80 million dollars in sales.Industries for the Blind is a self-supporting not-for-profit organization that has won many prestigious awards over the years, most recently received national recognition by the company's industry for having the highest growth in blind jobs for an unprecedented three out of four years.Industries for the Blind is proud to be a strong builder of social, capital and an economic contributor in the Winston-Salem and Asheville communities.

Political Donations
$400
2010

Judge at North Carolina Court of Appeals

$100
2009
$250
2007

Attorney at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

Political Donations Received
$2,700
2016
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