Whenever veterans throughout North Carolina need a voice to speak for them, their advocate is none other than Richard Burr. Richard Burr, a former member of the United States House of Representatives, is our cynic of this article. He is the twelfth cousin of Aaron Burr, the third vice president of the United States, who served in the first term of former President Thomas Jefferson. Let us learn more about the economic mogul and astute politician whom many know as the Senior Senator of the United States from North Carolina.
Who is Richard Burr?
Richard Burr is an American businessman and politician. He currently serves the people of North Carolina as a senior United States Senator and has been doing so since 2005. He is a Republican.
Richard Mauze Burr is the son of Pastor David Horace White Burr and Martha Burr. He was born on November 30, 1955, in Charlottesville, Virginia. His father was the pastor of First Presbyterian Church for 23 years until he retired in 1986. He was also in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a member of the underwater demolition crew during World War II. He was also a politician and served his country as a minister, but he died in 2011 at the age of 91.
Richard Burr attended Richard J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. During his time at high school, Burr was a member of his high school football team. He graduated from Richard J. Reynolds High School in 1974 and continued his education at Wake Forest University. During his studies, Richard joined the college soccer team, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. In 1978 he graduated from the university with a bachelor’s degree in communication arts.
After graduating college, Richard worked as a sales manager for the Carswell Distributing Company, where he worked for 17 years before launching his political career with his candidacy for Congress in 1992. He lost to the incumbent Democratic representative, Stephen L. Neal. Two years later, Burr again struggled to represent the fifth congressional district of Tar Heel State, and this time the polls turned out in his favor.
In 2004, Richard Burr decided to run for the United States Senate in North Carolina. In the Republican primary, he had a slight victory over his fellow Republicans John Ross Hendrix and Albert Wiley and won with a landslide 87.92%, making him the Republican representative for the 2004 United States Senate elections in North Carolina. His Democratic opposition Erskine Bowled ran with no dissenting votes in his party’s primary election.
On November 2, 2004, the Republican candidate Richard Burr won a close vote of 51.6 % to 47.0 % against his Democratic opponent in a close vote, making him the winner of the Senate election in North Carolina (USA).
In 2010, Burr decided to run again as Senator of North Carolina. His renewed candidacy was a success, defeating his Democratic opposition Elaine Marshall by 54.8% to 43.1%, becoming the first Republican since Jesse Helms to be re-elected from North Carolina to the United States Senate.
In 2016, Burr ran for a third term and was lucky three times when he ousted Democratic Congresswoman Deborah K. Ross by 51.1% to 45.4%.
Richard Burr’s Net Worth
The net worth of the United States Senator, Richard Burr, is estimated to be $4 million in 2015. He earned this mainly through his political activities as well as through real estate transactions. In addition to his political career, the conservative senator is a board member of the Brenner Children’s Hospital. He is also a board member of the West Point Board of Visitors. He is known for his thriftiness and diligence. He buys most of his clothes at Costco.
Who are The Wife and Kids?
Richard Burr has been married to the real estate agent Brooke F. Burr since 1984. His wife Brooke has more than two decades of experience as a real estate agent. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Salem College Salem in 1979.
Her father, Gerald Fauth Jr. was a war veteran. He served in the U.S. Navy. He died in November 2010 at the age of 82. Brooke’s parents were married for 40 years. Her mother’s name is Carole Barber.
The three-decade marriage of Richard and Brooke has produced two children, and both are boys – Tyler Burr and William Burr.
Tyler Burr is the Vice President of the Brand Intelligence Group. The couple’s other son, William Burr, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina. William Burr works for the Department of Defense in Quantico, Virginia, United States.