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Richard Burr currently serves as the Jr. Senator for North Carolina

Richard Mauze Burr a Republican, has represented the state of North Carolina in the Senate since 2004. (map)

Record and controversies

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Tobacco

The Winston-Salem Journal reported on March 23, 2009 that Congressman Burr had received $355,000 from tobacco interests since 1995 (second only to Mitch McConnell) and in 2009 he co-sponsored legislation that would ban tobacco advertising in magazines and newspapers and prohibit certain words from being used to describe tobacco products in hopes that he could persuade members of Congress to not pass a different bill that would be even tougher on the tobacco industry.[1]

Iraq War

Burr voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[2]

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

Bio

Burr was born November 30, 1955 and was educated 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 develop drugs and vaccines."

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations

Committees

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.

Contact

DC Office:
217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3154
Fax: 202-228-2981
Web Email
Website

District Office - Asheville Office:
Federal Building
151 Patton Avenue, Suite 204
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 828-350-2437
Fax: 828-350-2439

District Office - Gastonia Office:
City Hall
181 South Street, Room 222
Gastonia, NC 28052
Phone: 704-833-0854
Fax: 704-833-1467

District Office - Rocky Mount:
100 Coast Line Street, Room 210
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-977-9522
Fax: 252-977-9750

District Office - Winston-Salem:
2000 West First Street, Suite 508
Winston Salem, NC 27104
Phone: 336-631-5125
TollFree: 800-685-8916
Fax: 336-725-4493

District Office - Wilmington:
201 North Front Street, Suite 809
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: 910-251-1058
Fax: 910-251-7975

Articles and Resources

References

  1. Winston-Salem Journal/Associated Press Paper: Burr given $355,000 by tobacco interests since '95, March 24, 2009
  2. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

External resources

External articles

Local blogs and discussion sites

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Current Office: U.S. Senate
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Committees: Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources/Subcommittee on Energy, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources/Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources/Subcommittee on National Parks, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions/Subcommittee on Retirement and Aging, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions/Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
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November 2, 2004
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January 3, 2005
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November 2, 2010
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1. Federal Building, 151 Patton Avenue, Suite 204, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 828-350-2437 / Fax: 828-350-2439
2. City Hall, 181 South Street, Room 222, Gastonia, NC 28052
Phone: 704-833-0854 / Fax: 704-833-1467
3. 100 Coast Line Street, Room 210, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-977-9522 / Fax: 252-977-9750
4. 2000 West First Street, Suite 508, Winston Salem, NC 27104
Phone: 336-631-5125 / Fax: 336-725-4493
5. 201 North Front Street, Suite 809, Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: 910-251-1058 / Fax: 910-251-7975



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Date of Birth: November 30, 1955