Richard Burford

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Richard T. "Richie" Burford
Louisiana State Representative from District 7 (Caddo, DeSoto, and Sabine parishes)
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 14, 2008
Preceded by Beverly G. Bruce
Member of DeSoto Parish Police Jury
In office
1996–2008
Personal details
Born (1946-08-19) August 19, 1946 (age 68)
Political party Republican
Occupation Beef and dairy farmer
Burford is the first Republican since Reconstruction to represent DeSoto Parish in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Richard T. "Richie" Burford (born August 19, 1946) is a beef and dairy farmer from Stonewall, Louisiana, who is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 7, southern Caddo, DeSoto, and Sabine parishes, in the northwestern portion of the state. Burford is the first Republican to represent DeSoto Parish since Reconstruction. [1]

Prior to his legislative service, which began on January 14, 2008, Burford was one of eleven members of the DeSoto Parish Police Jury (the parish governing council), having represented District 3 since 1996. He is a member of the DeSoto Parish Chamber of Commerce. [2]

As a legislator, Burford pledged to support Blueprint Louisiana, a group which proposes reforms in the way Louisiana conducts its state government and promotes high technology and economic development. It is chaired by former State Representative Sean Reilly, an officer of Lamar Advertising Company in Baton Rouge.[3]

In the general election held on November 17, 2007, Burford defeated Democrat Kenny Ray Cox of Mansfield, 4,993 (63 percent) to 2,990 (37 percent) to win the House seat.[4] In the October 20 jungle primary, Burford and Cox led three other candidates, Republican Dennis Freeman, the since deceased mayor of Logansport in DeSoto Parish, and Democrats Hilda Fair Rives and John G. Russell, a bank executive.[5] Burford succeeded term-limited Democrat Beverly G. Bruce, who was first elected in District 7 in 1995, when she defeated the Republican Tommy Gene Armstrong, 7,027 (53 percent) to 62,35 (47 percent). Bruce ran without opposition in both 1999 and 2003.[6]

In an interview with the Shreveport Times, Burford cited ethics as among his legislative priorities: "I am certainly interested in seeing a good ethics package passed [and] the completion of Interstate 49 [and] Highway 3276, a connector between U.S. Highway 171 and I-49 in the Stonewall area. Fiscal responsibility and priority spending are big issues with me."[7]

2011 reelection[edit]

Burford easily won a second term in the House in the primary election held on October 22, 2011. He defeated the Democrat Cynthia "Cindy" Stephens Williams, 6,652 (68.9 percent) to 3,001 ballots (31.1 percent).[8]

Democrat Kenny Cox, who lost to Burford in 2007, is now running in the November 19, 2011 general election in District 23 against the Republican Representative Rick Nowlin of Natchitoches.[8]

References[edit]

Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Beverly G. Bruce
Louisiana State Representative from District 7 (Caddo and DeSoto parishes)

Richard T. "Richie" Burford
2008–

Succeeded by
Incumbent