At a Glance
- Career History:
Former Deputy White House
(January 2009-February 2011); National press secretary, Obama for American Campaign (2007 to 2008); Communications Director, DCCC (2005 to 2006)
- Birthday: August 9, 1977
- Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
- Alma Mater: University of Minnesota
- Spouse: Laura Capps
Path to Power
Burton was raised mostly by his father, foundry machinist Troy Burton, in Buffalo, N.Y.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Burton moved to Washington, D.C., to work for Minnesota Democratic Rep. Bill Luther.
In the West Wing and in the briefing room, Burton is a laid back foil to his more combative boss, Robert Gibbs.
Quick with a joke and a smile, Burton is apt to use humor to deflect some of the press corps' peskier questions.
In the White House, Burton works for Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. He works closely with the White House communications team, led by Dan Pfeiffer, as well as Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest and assistant Press Secretary Tommy Vietor.
Burton's resume boasts a slew of powerful Capitol Hill names. In addition to stints with Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), former Rep. Richard Gephardt's (D-Mo.) and Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), he has worked for Illinoisans Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)