Senator (Class 3)
ends in 2017
Richard Mauze Burr (born November 30, 1955) is the senior United States Senator from North Carolina and has served since 2005. A member of the Republican Party, Burr previously represented North Carolina’s 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2005.
As Senator, Burr has espoused most of the positions held by the majority of his fellow Republicans, including general support for President George W. Bush’s actions in Iraq and opposition to abortion. However, he voted to repeal the military’s don’t ask, don’t tell policy. In 2011, he announced his intention to seek the post of minority whip, the number two Republican position in the Senate, but he dropped out of that race in 2012.
Burr is the son of a minister. He has children with Brooke, his wife of 27 years. He is a distant relative of former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr.