Richard Burr

Richard Burr
Richard Burr official portrait.jpg
United States Senator
from North Carolina
Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Serving with Thom Tillis
Preceded byJohn Edwards
Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Assumed office
February 3, 2021
Preceded byPatty Murray
Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee
In office
January 3, 2015 – May 15, 2020
Preceded byDianne Feinstein
Succeeded byMarco Rubio (acting)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2005
Preceded byStephen L. Neal
Succeeded byVirginia Foxx
Personal details
Born
Richard Mauze Burr

(1955-11-30) November 30, 1955 (age 65)
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Brooke Fauth
(m. 1984)
Children2
EducationWake Forest University (BA)
Signature
WebsiteSenate website

Richard Mauze Burr (born November 30, 1955) is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from North Carolina, serving since 2005. A member of the Republican Party, Burr was previously a member of the United States House of Representatives. He is the dean of the North Carolina congressional delegation.

Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Burr is a graduate of Wake Forest University. Prior to seeking elected office, Burr was a sales manager for a lawn equipment company.[1] In 1994 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for North Carolina's 5th congressional district as part of the Republican Revolution.

Burr was first elected to the United States Senate in 2004. From 2015 to 2020, Burr served as the Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. In 2016, he announced that he would not be seeking reelection in 2022.[2] Burr temporarily stepped down as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee on May 15, 2020, amid an FBI investigation into allegations of insider trading during the COVID-19 pandemic.[3] On January 19, 2021, the Department of Justice announced that the investigation had been closed, with no charges against Burr.[4]

Burr was one of seven Republican Senators to vote to convict Donald Trump of incitement of insurrection in his second impeachment trial.[5]

  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference :2 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ Campbell, Colin (July 20, 2016). "US Sen. Richard Burr says 2016 will be his last run for elected office". The Charlotte Observer.
  3. ^ Herb, Jeremy; Raju, Manu; Zaslav, Ali (May 14, 2020). "Richard Burr to step down as Intelligence Committee chairman". CNN. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  4. ^ Fandos, Nicholas; Benner, Katie (January 20, 2021). "Justice Dept. Ends Stock Trade Inquiry Into Richard Burr Without Charges" – via NYTimes.com.
  5. ^ Murphy, Brian (February 13, 2021). "Burr votes guilty in Trump impeachment trial, Tillis votes not guilty". The News & Observer.

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