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Richard Burr
The senior United States Senator from North Carolina serving since 2005.


Richard Burr Biography



Richard Mauze Burr (born November 30, 1955) is the senior United States Senator from 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 the Democratic Party nominee, former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, in the open seat contest. With the 2008 election of Kay Hagan (D), Burr became North Carolina's senior senator.


Early life

Richard Burr was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, the son of Martha (née Gillum) and Rev. David Horace Burr, a minister.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. Burr lettered for the Demon Deacons during the 1974 and 1975 seasons; however, the team went winless in ACC play during his tenure.He is a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Prior to running for Congress, Burr worked for 17 years as a sales manager for Carswell Distributing Company, a distributor of lawn equipment.Burr is currently 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. In 1984, Burr married Brooke Fauth; the couple has two sons. Burr's father claims he is a 12th cousin of Aaron Burr, the former Vice-President who killed Founding Father Alexander Hamilton in an 1804 duel. He is the first Burr in the Senate—and only the second person with his last name to win election to Congress (the first being the presumably unrelated Albert G. Burr) -- since Aaron.


Political career


Senate career

In July 2004, Burr won the Republican primary to seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat John Edwards, who launched a presidential campaign. He faced Democratic party nominee Erskine Bowles and Libertarian Tom Bailey. Burr won the election by five percentage points. His and Bowles' combined campaign expenditures totaled over $26 million, 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. In 2007, Burr ran for the leadership post of Republican Conference chairman but lost to Sen. Lamar Alexander by a vote of 31 to 16.


2010 Senate campaign

Richard Burr has been listed as one of the Senate incumbents most likely to face a difficult re-election race in 2010. No incumbent has won re-election to North Carolina's Class 3 Senate seat since 1968. A poll in June 2009 found that only 29 percent of North Carolina voters supported Burr for another term, while 49 percent preferred that he be replaced.A May 2010 Public Policy Polling report showed Burr in a statistical dead heat with Elaine Marshall, with 43 percent compared with 42 percent for North Carolina's Secretary of State.Polling in June and early July was more favorable to Burr, who had a lead of 10.6 percent in the RCP average of polls.






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