Burke was the representative for Florida’s 12th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1973 to 1978.
He was previously the representative for Florida’s 10th congressional district as a Republican from 1967 to 1972.
On May 27, 1978, Burke faced an allegation of drunk and disorderly and resisting arrest at the Centerfold Bar in Dania, FL. Burke resisted, he said, because he was only there to stop a drug deal. In 1978, he pleaded guilty and lost his bid for re-election.
|1978||Pleaded guilty and lost his bid for re-election.|
Burke is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1978 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Burke sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Burke was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 9599 (93rd): A bill to amend title 38 of the United States Code to increase the monthly rates of disability and death pensions, and dependency and indemnity compensation, and ...
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Burke sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (33%) Government Operations and Politics (21%) Labor and Employment (10%) International Affairs (10%) Social Welfare (7%) Taxation (7%) Law (7%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (5%)
Some of Burke’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 13912 (95th): A bill to amend title 39 of the United States Code to ...
- H.R. 13866 (95th): A bill for the relief of Joseph P. J. Charette.
- H.R. 13000 (95th): A bill to amend title 39 of the United States Code to ...
- H.R. 9698 (95th): A bill to provide for the use and distribution of the award ...
- H.J.Res. 628 (95th): Joint resolution to authorize and request the President to issue annually a ...
- H.R. 9159 (95th): A bill to provide for the establishment of Veterans’ Administration outpatient clinic ...
- H.R. 8983 (95th): A bill to provide for the construction of a Veterans’ Administration hospital ...
From Jan 1967 to Oct 1978, Burke missed 763 of 5,461 roll call votes, which is 14.0%. This is worse than the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1978. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills