Burns was the representative for Georgia’s 12th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2003 to 2004.
Burns is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2004 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 Burns sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1999 to Dec 7, 2004. See full analysis methodology.
Burns was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 4569 (108th): To provide for the development of a national plan for the control and management of Sudden Oak Death, a tree disease caused by the fungus-like pathogen Phytophthora ...
- H.R. 2523 (108th): To designate the United States courthouse located at 125 Bull Street in Savannah, Georgia, as the “Tomochichi United States Courthouse”.
Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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 at least about half 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).
Burns sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Economics and Public Finance (19%) Finance and Financial Sector (14%) Health (12%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Law (12%) Families (12%) Social Welfare (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%)
Some of Burns’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5303 (108th): To provide for the establishment of a Department of Veterans Affairs Community-Based ...
- H.R. 5215 (108th): Senior Elder Care Relief and Empowerment (SECURE) Act
- H.R. 5044 (108th): Federal Hydroelectric and Environmental Enhancement Act of 2004
- H.R. 5011 (108th): Military Personnel Financial Services Protection Act
- H.R. 4926 (108th): Interstate 3/3rd Infantry Division Highway Initiation Act of 2004
- H.R. 4925 (108th): 14th/14 Amendment Interstate Highway Initiation Act
- H.R. 4841 (108th): Tax Simplification for Americans Act of 2004
From Jan 2003 to Dec 2004, Burns missed 17 of 1,221 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is better than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2004. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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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
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills