After an unsuccessful run for the U.S. House in 1992, Richard Burr was elected to Congress in 1994, defeating Democrat Sandy Sands III with 57 percent of the vote.
He won re-election to four subsequent terms, never falling below 62 percent of the vote.
Burr began running for Senate in early 2003. Burr had $6.6 million on hand after the second quarter of 2004 compared to $3.7 million for Bowles. Burr began running several months before Bowles announced his candidacy last fall. He also transferred more than $1.6 million from his House campaign fund to his Senate campaign.