At a Glance
- Career History: U.S. House (1994 to 2004); National Sales Manager, Carswell Distributing (1978 to 1994)
- Birthday: November 30, 1955
- Hometown: Charlottesville, Va.
- Alma Mater: Wake Forest, B.A., 1978
- Spouse: Brooke Burr
- Religion: Methodist
- Committees: Energy and Natural Resources ; Health, Education, Labor & Pensions ; Indian Affairs ; Intelligence (Select); Veterans' Affairs
- DC Office: 217 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, (202) 224-3154
- State Offices: Asheville, 828-350-2437; Rocky Mount, 252-977-9522; Winston-Salem, 800-685-8916; Gastonia, 704-833-0854; Wilmington, 888-848-1833
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Path to Power
Born in Charlottesville, Va., Burr and his family moved to Winston-Salem, N.C., when he was a young child. He grew up the son of a Presbyterian minister and attended R.J. Reynolds High School before going to Wake Forest University.
He was a football star there and graduated in 1978 with a B.A. in communications.
Burr is an anti-abortion rights conservative Republican who supports the death penalty and favors a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. In the 110th Congress he voted with his party 89 percent of the time.
During the Bush administration, Burr showed a willingness to oppose the White House and joined with the majority of Senate Republicans in opposing the president's proposed immigration overhaul in 2006. Burr also opposed the Senate compromise on the immigration bill in June 2007. But he supported President Bush on some larger issues, including the 2007 troop surge in Iraq.
Burr supported Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2008 presidential election. He campaigned around the country with the Arizona senator and when asked if he would join McCain as vice president, were McCain to ask, Burr said that he would.
In the lead-up to the 2004 election, Burr received an endorsement from legendary North Carolina politician Jesse Helms. "North Carolina needs him in the United States Senate. The country needs him. And the president needs him-and he told me so," Helms said of Burr.