Dustin Burrows

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Dustin Burrows
Majority Leader of the Texas House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 8, 2019
Preceded byCindy Burkett
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 83rd district
Assumed office
January 13, 2015
Preceded byCharles Perry
Personal details
Born
Dustin Ray Burrows

(1978-11-14) November 14, 1978 (age 40)
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Elisabeth Hause
Children2
EducationRhodes College (BA)
Texas Tech University, Lubbock (MBA, JD)

Dustin Ray Burrows (born November 14, 1978) is an attorney and businessman in his native Lubbock, Texas, who is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 83 in the South Plains. On January 13, 2015, he succeeded Charles Perry, who won a special election in the summer of 2014 to the Texas State Senate.

Biography[edit]

Burrows graduated from Monterey High School in Lubbock. In 2001, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College, a private college in Memphis, Tennessee, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. In 2004, Burrows received a Master of Business Administration from the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and a Juris Doctor from the Texas Tech University School of Law. He is affiliated with the firm, McCleskey, Harriger, Brazill & Graf in Lubbock, through which he focuses on commercial litigation. His father, Dennis Ray Burrows (born 1947), is also a member of the McCleskey firm.

The younger Burrows is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and Texas. He is a member of the West Texas Home Builders Association and the Texas Residential Construction Commission. In 2010, he was a member of the Lubbock Charter Review Committee and used to serve on the Lubbock Zoning Board of Adjustments.[1]

An active Republican since 2008, Burrows was named by the party leadership to succeed Perry as the party nominee for the Texas House after Perry won the contest to succeed veteran Senator Robert L. Duncan. Duncan had resigned to become the new chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, succeeding Kent Hance in that position.[2] Burrows defeated his Democratic opponent, Max R. Tarbox, 26,932 (81.2 percent) to 6,218 (18.8 percent) percent in the general election held on November 4, 2014.[3]

Burrows said that he will work closely with regional colleagues Charles Perry and John Frullo, a neighboring state representative from District 84, who was first elected in 2010. Frullo said that Burrows "has a lot of agriculture in his district, and that is good. And there are a lot of committees where he can do a lot of good.” Burrows indicated he would seek a seat on the Agriculture & Livestock Committee.[2]

In the general election held on November 6, 2018, Burrows won his third legislative term with 45,327 votes (77.3 percent). The Democrat, Drew Landry, trailed with 13,276 votes (22.7 percent).[4]

Burrows is married to the former Elisabeth Hause, who grew up in South Texas in a family engaged in cattle ranching and oil and natural gas. They are the parents of two sons, Davis and Whitby. The family is evangelical Christian.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McCleskey: Dustin R. Burrows". mhbg.com. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Enrique Rangel (November 6, 2014). "After landslide, Dustin Burrows ready to start working, take advice from colleagues: 'Freshman orientation,' hiring office staff on early agenda for state rep.-elect". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  3. ^ "General election returns, November 4, 2014". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "Election Returns". Texas Secretary of State. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "About Dustin Burrows - Candidate for Texas House District 83 Representative". burrows4texas.com. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles Perry
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 83rd district

2015–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Cindy Burkett
Majority Leader of the Texas House of Representatives
2019–present