|Member of the Missouri's State Senate from Missouri's 30th District|
January 5, 2009 – January 2017
|Preceded by||B.J. Marsh|
|Succeeded by||Kevin Austin|
|Born||October 2, 1976|
|Children||Reese Burlison, Aubrey Burlison|
|Alma mater||Southwest Missouri State University (B.A., 2000), Southwest Missouri State University (Masters of Business Administration, 2002)|
Eric Burlison (born 1976) is the former representative for District 133 (Greene County) in the Missouri House of Representatives. A Republican, Burlison was elected to the House in November 2008 and left office at the end of 2016. In 2018 Eric was elected as a Missouri State Senator for Missouri Senate in District 30 (Christian and Greene Counties outside of Springfield).
Background and education
A 1995 graduate of Parkview High School in Springfield, Missouri, Burlison received both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 2000 and a Master of Business Administration in 2002 from Southwest Missouri State University.
Burlison lives outside of Springfield with his wife Angie and daughters, Reese and Aubrey. He attends Destiny Church in Republic Missouri and is active in supporting campus ministries such as The Potter’s House and Campus Crusade for Christ. Rep. Burlison is involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks and was named the Big Brother of the Year in 2005. He currently serves on the board of D.R.E.A.M and the Harmony House for battered and abused women.
Burlison served in the Missouri House from 2009 to 2016. During that time, Burlison served as chairman of the House Committee on Professional Registration and Licensing and the vice chairman of the House Special Committee on Health Insurance. In September 2009, he received the Education Partner of the Year Award from the Home Builders Association.
In 2011, Burlison was the first state legislator in the nation to introduce the Health Care Compact. The compact became law in Missouri and seven other states, and Federal legislation to recognize the interstate compact has been introduced by Rep. James Lankford, Republican Congressman and chairman of the Republican Policy Committee.
In 2013, Burlison was presented with the 2013 Committed States Person Award by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Burlison was honored for his work on legislation that would reauthorize certain benevolent tax credits, including a credit for residential renovations for disability access. The Conservation Federation of Missouri recently honored Rep. Eric Burlison as the 2013 Conservation Legislator of the Year. Burlison received the award because of his commitment to promoting and preserving Missouri’s natural resources, as well as his advocacy for issues important to Missouri sportsmen. He is also chairman of the Missouri Sportsman's Caucus.
In 2014, Burlison passed a bill to provide children with dyslexia better access to educational services. The legislation added dyslexia to a state grant program to help the families of children with disabilities pay for special education programs.
In 2016, Burlison sponsored and passed a bill to restore 2nd Amendment Rights to citizens of Missouri. The bill made "Constitutional Carry" the law in Missouri and also reinforced private property rights by strengthening the state's stand-your-ground provisions.
In August 2016 Burlison received the Business Advocate of the Year award from Springfield Business Journal. The reward was given based on successful efforts to help Missouri job creators including:
- Changing the apportionment calculation tax for Missouri manufacturers which became a national standard according to Price Waterhouse Coopers.
- Passing medical malpractice tort reform, which lowers insurance premiums for doctors and patients.
- Focusing 5 million of the Missouri budget specifically toward the renovation of the Glass Hall Business School Building at Missouri State University.
- Focusing 2 million of the Missouri Budget toward job training programs in healthcare at Missouri State University.
- 2009 – Education Partner of the Year Award from the Home Builders Association
- 2009 – Freshman Legislator of the Year, Speaker Ron Richard
- 2011 – Legislator of the Year from Missouri Republican Assembly (for his work in passing the Healthcare Compact, an act which has led other states to do the same in an attempt to stop Obamacare.)
- 2012 – Defender of Prosperity, Americans for Prosperity
- 2013 – 10 Under 40 Award, Conservative American Union (Top 10 Conservative Legislators Nationwide)
- 2013 – Committed States Person Award by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. (Burlison was honored for his work on legislation that would reauthorize certain benevolent tax credits, including a credit for residential renovations for disability access.)
- 2013 – Conservation Legislator of the Year – The Conservation Federation of Missouri. (Burlison received the award because of his commitment to promoting and preserving Missouri’s natural resources, as well as his advocacy for issues important to Missouri sportsmen.)
- 2013 – Defender of Liberty Award from the American Conservative Union Foundation
- 2013 – Spirit of Enterprise Award, Missouri Chamber of Commerce
- 2014 – Award for Conservative Excellence from the American Conservative Union Foundation
- 2014 – Defender of Prosperity, Americans for Prosperity
- 2014 – Legislator of the Year, Missouri Mental Health Counselor’s Association
- 2014 – Legislator of the Year, Missouri Chiropractor’s Association
- 2014 – Legislator of the Year, Missouri Nurse’s Association
- 2015 – Legislator of the Year, Missouri Medical Association
- 2015 – Award for Conservative Excellence from the American Conservative Union Foundation
- 2016 – Business Advocate of the Year award from Springfield Business Journal
- 2016 – Award for Conservative Excellence from the American Conservative Union Foundation
- 2016 – Legislator of the Year, Missouri Pachyderms Federation
- Member Biography - Retrieved June 17, 2009
- "Eric Burlison". Ozark Insurance Day. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
- "2011 40 Under 40 Honoree: Eric Burlison". Springfield Business Journal. May 16, 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
- Representative Eric Burlison - Retrieved June 17, 2009
- 2009 House Special Committee on Health Insurance Members - Retrieved June 17, 2009
- Springfield Business Journal - Retrieved June 23, 2010
- REUTER, ELISE (2014-05-12). "Effects of Health Care Compact uncertain as debate continues". KU Statehouse Wire Service. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
- Lankford, James (2014-02-23). "The Health Care Compact: Fixing American Health Care, One State At A Time". Forbes. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
- Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation - Retrieved June 23, 2010
- Shorman, Jonathan (2014-05-16). "Dyslexia legislation approved". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
- Missouri Secretary of State Election Archives - Retrieved June 17, 2009
- Missouri Secretary of State Election Archives - Retrieved May 23, 2014 Archived February 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- Missouri Secretary of State Election Archives - Retrieved May 23, 2014[dead link]
| 136th District Representative to Missouri House of Representatives