Conservative Report Card:
Heritage Action: 49
American Conservative Union: 88
Conservative Review: 49
Shortly after his last election to the United States Senate as a TEA Party candidate, the website for the North Carolina TEA Party was compelled to write: “Folks we have had a slew of emails come in about how bad Richard Burr is, how they regret voting for him last month and sending facts about his voting record. We have done some preliminary research and so far things don’t look very promising for the Senator. Therefore we are going to make it a priority to watch this man like a hawk…”
Richard Burr is one of the two Republican senators from North Carolina, having secured the office in 2005. He replaced then senator John Edwards who left the senate to run for President. Mr. Burr is a native of Winston-Salem, N.C and attended Wake Forest University, graduating in 1978 with a degree in communications.
Burr played varsity football for the Demon Deacons and is a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Mr. Burr is married to Brooke Burr, a real estate agent and they have two sons.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Burr worked as a sales manager for a distributor of lawn equipment. He ran for the House in 1992 but lost. In 1994 Burr won in the Republican landslide that occurred that year. When Edwards left the senate, Burr campaigned against Erskine Bowles, the Democratic nominee in one of the most expensive campaigns up to that date. Burr was funded primarily by business led political action committees (PAC’s) in the amount of some $2.8 million.
Burr is the chairperson for the Select Committee on Intelligence. Additionally, the Senator serves on the subcommittees for Health Care, Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure, Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth within the Senate Committee on Finance. He also is a member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and serves on the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, and Primary Health and Aging.
Committee on Finance
Subcommittee on Health Care
Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging
Select Committee on Intelligence (Chairman)
These rankings of the Top Eleven RINOs in the United States Senate was compiled and primarily based upon the Senate rankings from Heritage Action (the 501c4 arm of the Heritage Foundation) Scorecard and secondarily using rankings from the American Conservative Union and Conservative Review Scorecards. We encourage you to visit those sites for more detailed information.