James H. Burnley IV

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James H. Burnley, IV
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9th United States Secretary of Transportation
In office
December 3, 1987 – January 20, 1989
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Elizabeth H. Dole
Succeeded by Samuel K. Skinner
Personal details
Born (1948-07-30) July 30, 1948 (age 65)
Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jane Nady Burnley
Children Jay and Anne
Alma mater Yale University
Harvard Law School
Occupation Falls Church, Virginia, United States
High Point, North Carolina, United States
Profession Government

James Horace Burnley, IV (born July 30, 1948) is a former American politician and active lawyer. He served as the United States Secretary of Transportation from 1987 until 1989, during the administration of President Ronald Reagan.

Early life and career[edit]

Burnley was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, on July 30, 1948, the son of Dorothy Mary (Rockwell) and James Horace Burnley, III. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1970, with the Bachelor of Arts and was got his Juris Doctor from Harvard University in 1973.

From 1983 until 1987, Burnley was served as the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation until he became as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation following the resignation of Elizabeth Dole. Burnley was outright from 1987 to 1989.[clarification needed]

In 1996, Burnley was the senior advisor for Robert J. Dole's Presidential campaign candidate. Later on, Burnley served on the board of the directors of Infrasoft, Inc. From 2001 until at least 2003, Burnley worked as a lobbyist for the airline industry. Burnley was on the board of FreedomWorks.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Burnley and his wife, the former Jane Nady, has two children, Jay and Anne. He resides in Falls Church, Virginia and High Point, North Carolina.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Elizabeth H. Dole
U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Served under: Ronald Reagan

Succeeded by
Samuel K. Skinner