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Richard M. Burr
Richard Burr Senatorial Candidate North Carolina
Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, Richard is committed to promoting job growth by working to restore a vibrant economic environment in North Carolina. He is a vocal advocate for our men and women in the military and their families, and for the growing population of veterans across North Carolina.
In the Senate, Richard serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee where he works to improve the quality of health care and services our nation’s veterans receive. He also sits on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; the Intelligence Committee; and the Finance Committee.
The son of a minister, Richard and his family moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina when he was a young child. After graduating from Wake Forest University, he began his career far from the halls of Congress by spending seventeen years in business with Carswell Distributing, a wholesale commercial products company.
He currently serves as a Board Member of Brenner Children’s Hospital.
Richard and his wife, Brooke, have two sons.
Biography of Richard Burr from the Richard Burr Committee
Senator Richard Burr as born in Charlottesville, Virginia on November 30, 1955, and moved to Winston-Salem in 1963 when his father became the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church.
Senator Burr attended the public school system and graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School. Richard attended Wake Forest University where he played football and was graduated in 1978.
Senator Burr spent the next 17 years in the business world with Carswell Distributing Inc. where he became National Sales Manager before running for public office. In 1992, Richard ran for the U.S. House of Representatives committed to balancing the federal budget, cutting wasteful spending and fighting against higher taxes. While losing a close race that year against an 18 year incumbent Democrat, Richard ran again in 1994 and won, becoming the first Republican in 20 years to represent the 5th Congressional District of North Carolina.
Senator Burr was elected to a total of five terms in the U.S. House where he made his mark as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, rising to the position of Vice-Chairman. There he was recognized as a leading voice on health-care and energy issues. Richard also served on the House Select Committee on Intelligence in the months leading up to, and after the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001.
In 2004, Richard decided to run for the United States Senate. Following a successful campaign, he became the 52nd United States Senator from North Carolina. Richard is the only sitting Member of the U.S. House elected to the U.S. Senate from North Carolina and is the first person from Winston-Salem elected to the Senate. He was sworn into office on January 3, 2005.
Senator Burr serves on the following Senate Committees: Health, Education Labor and Pensions, Environment and Natural Resources, Veterans Affairs where he serves as the Ranking Republican Member, Indian Affairs and the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Senator Burr travels extensively throughout North Carolina when the Senate is not in session and returns home every weekend where his wife, Brooke and their two sons live.