Senate Profiles
Senator Joe Burton (R-05)
State Capitol / Room 121 / Atlanta, GA 30334
2598 Woodwardia Road, NE / Atlanta, GA 30345
Capitol District Fax
(404) 656-0086 (404) 636-3500
Bio Info Legislation
Committee Assignments
Vice-Chairman Senate Youth, Aging & Human Ecology (YA&HE)
Secretary Senate Retirement (Ret)
Member Senate Appropriations (App)
Member Senate Rules (Rules)
Counties Represented
1 DeKalb County
2 Gwinnett County

Biographical Information

Joe Burton of DeKalb County was first elected to the Georgia Senate from the 5th Senatorial District in 1982 after serving 10 years in the state House of Representatives.

Now in his eighth term in the Senate, Burton, a Republican, is vice-chairman of the Youth, Aging and Human Ecology Committee and a member of its Children and Youth Subcommittee.

Burton also serves on the Rules Committee and the Appropriations Committee and its Human Development Subcommittee. He is secretary of the Retirement Committee.

In addition to his committee posts, Burton is secretary of the Senate Republican Caucus.

Burton was a member of the Senate Study Committee on Child Protection which conducted extensive hearings on the problems of child abuse and recommended sweeping legislation to reform the state's child protection system, much of which was passed by the 1990 General Assembly.

Burton has been especially active in the area of legislation to help the physically and mentally disabled and successfully passed legislation in the House and Senate to improve handicapped access into public buildings. He has also headed a Senate study committee created to find ways to improve training and job opportunities for the blind and has worked for the passage of stronger seatbelt laws.

He has been honored by the Association of Handicapped Student Service Programs in Post-Secondary Education for his efforts and by the Easter Seal Society.

He co-chaired the Joint Senate-House Study Committee on the Creation of a State Agency for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Born August 30, 1923 in Atlanta, Burton earned his BSIM degree from Georgia Tech and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps (Air Force) during both World War II and Korea, receiving seven combat decorations. He is currently a successful businessman involved in building specialty sales.

He is active in community affairs and has served as a member of the Governor's Council on Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Drug Abuse; the DeKalb County PTA Council; Goodwill Industries Advisory Board; and the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He has been a little league coach and youth counselor and co-founded a church recreation league.

Burton, a Methodist, is married to the former Bessie Walraven. They are the parents of four grown children. They have four grandchildren.

Burton's fifth Senatorial District includes portions of DeKalb and Gwinnett County.

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