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. 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. 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. On January 19, 2021, the Department of Justice announced that the investigation had been closed, with no charges against Burr.Burr was one of seven Republican Senators to vote to convict Donald Trump of incitement of insurrection in his second impeachment trial.