Max Burns

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Max Burns
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 12th district
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2005
Preceded by New District
Succeeded by John Barrow
Personal details
Born (1948-11-08) November 8, 1948 (age 65)
Millen, Georgia
Political party Republican
Residence Sylvania, Georgia
Occupation President of Gordon College
Religion Southern Baptist

O. Maxie "Max" Burns (born November 8, 1948) is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 2003 to 2005, representing Georgia's 12th congressional district.

Biography[edit]

Max Burns was born in Millen, Georgia. In 1987, Burns received a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Georgia State University; in 1977 a M.B.I.S. (Information Systems) from Georgia State University; in 1973, a B.I.E. from Georgia Institute of Technology and was a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Class of 1973.

Prior to his tenure in Congress, he was a professor of Information Systems at Georgia Southern University's College of Business Administration in Statesboro, Georgia. Congressman Burns was also a Senior Fulbright Scholar, teaching Corporate Information Management in Sweden. He has also taught in Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea.

Max Burns has also served as a consultant to Gulfstream Aerospace and Grinnell Corporation. He also developed the Southern Suppliers' Network to connect Southeast Georgia's small business suppliers to major manufacturers. Earlier in his professional career, the Congressman served in information management positions with Oxford Industries and the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Congressman Burns also served as a member of the Army Reserves from 1973-1981.

He served as a member of the Screven County Commission from 1993 to 1998 and as Chairman towards the end of his tenure.

After representing the 12th District of Georgia in Congress Burns was Dean of the Mike Cottrell Business School at North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega, Georgia.

As of January 1st, 2012 Burns is President of Gordon State College (gordonstate.edu/) in Barnesville, Georgia.

He is married to the Mrs. Lora Black Burns, has 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

2002 election[edit]

Burns won the Republican primary for the 12th District, one of two Georgia gained after the 2000 Census. He defeated Barbara Dooley, the wife of University of Georgia coaching legend Vince Dooley.

Initially, Burns was thought to be a significant underdog in the general election. The 12th had been drawn as a Democratic stronghold — it was 40% black, and would have voted for Al Gore by a large margin in 2000. Additionally, Burns ran on a very conservative platform. However, the Democratic candidate, Augusta businessman Charles "Champ" Walker, Jr., was dogged by ethical questions and began losing ground during the summer. Eventually, Burns won by a surprising 10-point margin, taking 55% to Walker's 45 percent.

2004 election[edit]

Burns was elected president of the Republican freshman class, but was a top Democratic target in the 2004 elections. His 2004 Democratic opponent was Athens-Clarke County Commissioner John Barrow, who beat Burns 52% to 48%.

2006 election[edit]

In May 2005, Burns announced that he would seek a rematch against Barrow in 2006. The state legislature, now controlled by Republicans, had conducted a highly controversial mid-decade redistricting. In the process, they drew Barrow's home in Athens out of the district and moved several Republican-leaning Savannah suburbs from the 1st District. Although the result was to make the 12th about five points more African-American than its predecessor, it was also slightly less Democratic.

Barrow narrowly defeated Burns, 50.3% to 49.7%--the closest margin for a Democratic incumbent in the cycle. While Burns won 14 of the district's 22 counties, he lost badly in the two largest counties, Chatham and Richmond, home to Savannah and Augusta respectively. President George W. Bush made 2 personal appearances campaigning on behalf of former Representative Burns.[citation needed] The first appearance by President Bush was in Savannah, Georgia and the second in Statesboro, Georgia. This was the 2nd time a sitting President has visited Savannah Georgia and 1st time a sitting President has visited Statesboro Georgia.

Electoral history[edit]

Georgia's 12th congressional district: Results 2002–2006[1]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
2002 Champ Walker 62,904 45% Max Burns 77,479 55%
2004 John Barrow 113,036 52% Max Burns 105,132 48%
2006 John Barrow 71,651 50% Max Burns 70,787 50%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
New district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 12th congressional district

January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2005
Succeeded by
John Barrow