Brian D. Burns
|Brian D. Burns|
|71st Lieutenant Governor of Vermont|
January 1975 – January 1977
|Preceded by||John S. Burgess|
|Succeeded by||T. Garry Buckley|
|Born|| November 17, 1939
|Alma mater||University of Vermont
Harvard University (M.P.A.)
|Profession||Real Estate Agent|
Brian Douglas Burns was born in Burlington, Vermont on November 17, 1939. He was the nephew of John J. Burns, an Irish American who served as the Mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Brian Burns graduated from Burlington's Cathedral High School in 1958, attended the University of Vermont and became active in the real estate business.
In 1966 Burns ran successfully for a seat in the Vermont House of Representatives. He served four terms, from 1967 to 1975. He was the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 1974. he finished in first place, with 66,942 votes to Republican candidate T. Garry Buckley's 60,962, and 6,484 for Liberty Union Party nominee Arthur Deloy. Since Burns fell 256 votes short of the majority required by the state constitution, the contest was decided by the Vermont Legislature, which voted for Burns by a margin of 161 to 20. He served from January 1975 to January 1977.
In 1976 Burns was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor, losing a three way race to State Treasurer Stella Hackel. (Hackel went on to lose the general election to Republican Richard Snelling).
From 1989 to 1993 Burns was a Program Manager for the Northeast Rural Water Association (NERWA). While in this position he also completed a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
In 1995 he was convicted of three counts of fraud for having claimed to be working full time for NERWA while he also claimed to be attending Harvard University full time. (Attending school full time was a requirement of the degree program.) According to investigators, Burns misrepresented his work hours on daily NERWA time logs, and used $5,000 in federal funds to pay for an apartment and $7,000 for travel expenses, in addition to $30,000 in salary while attending Harvard. He was sentenced to six months in jail and four months of home detention, and ordered to pay restitution and court costs. He appealed but his conviction was affirmed.
- The National Conference of Lieutenant Governors, Biographical Sketches and Portraits, published by the conference, 1976, p. 1977
- Newspaper article, Burns Denies "Party Hack" Charge as Gloves Off Campaigning Begins, by Russ Garland, Bennington Banner, June 26, 1976
- Feeney, Vincent (2009). Finnigans, Slaters, and Stonepeggers: A History of the Irish in Vermont. Bennington, VT: Images from the Past. pp. 166, 214. ISBN 9781884592522.
- Commencement program, published by Cathedral High School, 1958, p. 3
- Vermont Legislative Directory, published by Vermont Secretary of State, 1971, p. 768
- Vermont Legislative Directory, published by Vermont Secretary of State, 1975, p. 556
- Newspaper article, Rep. Burns Runs for Lt. Governor, Bennington Banner, March 11, 1974
- 1974: Lieutenant Governor, published by Vermont Secretary of State, June 9, 2006
- Lieutenant Governors, Terms of Service, published by Office of the Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, 2011, p. 2
- Primary Election Results, published by Office of the Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, 2006, page 2
- Official Report of the Canvassing Committee, United States and Statewide Offices, General Election, November 2, 1976, Vermont Elections.org, undated, p. 1
- National Journal, National Journal Group Inc., 1977, page 1389
- Export Directory, published by U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service, 1978, page 23
- Newspaper article, Country's Only Socialist Mayor Easily Defeats Six Opponents to Win His Third Term in Vermont City, by Associated Press, published in Los Angeles Times, March 6, 1985
- Vermont State Legislature Candidate listing, published by Vermont Secretary of State, 1988
- In The Main, Newsletter published by Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Spring 1993
- 1992 Press release, Negotiation Skills Will be Taught at UVM MPA Program Course, by University of Vermont, January 3, 1992
- Newspaper article, Burns Convicted of Fraud in Vt. The Boston Globe, July 7, 1995
- "Semiannual Report to Congress October 1, 1995 through March 31, 1996" (PDF). EPA.gov. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Inspector General. March 31, 1996. p. 2.
- United States of America, Appellee, v. Brian Burns, Defendant-Appellant., 104 F.3d 529 (2nd Cir. 1997), published by vLex, 1997
John S. Burgess
|Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
T. Garry Buckley