Burr is the senior senator from North Carolina and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 4, 2005. Burr is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023 unless re-elected.
He was previously the representative for North Carolina’s 5th congressional district as a Republican from 1995 to 2004.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
In March 2020, Sen. Burr was accused of covid19 stock profiteering by selling stocks based on information learned in non-public briefings. On March 20, Sen. Burr asked the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to open an investigation into his actions. There is no indication that the Committee has acted on his request. On March 30, news reports indicated that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) were investigating Sen. Burr. On May 14, Sen. Burr stepped down as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee after it was reported that the FBI had seized his mobile phone.
|Mar. 17, 2020||Sen. Burr asked the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to open an investigation into his actions.|
|Mar. 30, 2020||Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) began an investigation|
|May. 13, 2020||The FBI seized Sen. Burr's mobile phone.|
|May. 14, 2020||Sen. Burr stepped down as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.|
Read our 2019 Report Card for Burr.
Burr is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate 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 Burr has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jul 2, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Richard Burr sits on the following committees:
Burr was the primary sponsor of 25 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1379: Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019
- S. 1589: Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, and 2020
- S. 245: Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019
- S. 723: A bill to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project.
- S. 133: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
- S. 2854 (114th): Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016
- S. 3055 (114th): Department of Veterans Affairs Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2016
Does 25 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).
Burr sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (37%) Taxation (18%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) International Affairs (8%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Health (7%) Families (6%)
Some of Burr’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4109: A bill to require the Administrator of General Services to establish an agency ...
- S. 3675: Intelligence Community Workforce Agility Protection Act of 2020
- S. 3404: VALID Act of 2020
- S. 3260: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located ...
- S. 2939: Protecting Against International Terrorism Act of 2019
- S.Res. 390: A resolution honoring the life, accomplishments, and legacy of Senator Kay Hagan.
- S. 2683: Child Care Protection Improvement Act of 2020
From Jan 2005 to Jul 2020, Burr missed 190 of 4,800 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. This is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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