Lon Maxwell Burnam (born July 11, 1953) is a former member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 90, which encompasses downtown Fort Worth, Texas, and surrounding areas. A Democrat, Burnam is the former executive director of the Dallas Peace Center. He was initially elected to the state House in 1996.
On March 2, 2016, Burnam ran last with 269,853 votes (24.8 percent) in a three-candidate field in the Democratic primary election for the seat on the Texas Railroad Commission being vacated by the Republican David J. Porter. The two remaining Democratic candidates, Cody Garrett, who polled 382,647 votes (35.2 percent), and Grady Yarbrough, with 434,137 votes (40 percent), will met in the May 24 runoff election to choose the party nominee for the position.
Burnam holds a bachelor's degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin. He holds two master's degree, one from UT-Austin and the second in municipal and regional planning from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a member of the Society of Friends or the Quaker Church.
Burnam voted against the 2013 legislation to ban abortion beyond the twentieth week of gestation. He opposed companion legislation to increase the medical and health requirements of agencies performing abortions. He is rated 0 percent by The Texas Right to Life Committee. Burnam co-sponsored a bill to require "equal pay for equal work" for women but did not vote on the final passage of the legislation, 78-61. He voted for the taxpayer-funded school breakfast program, which passed the House, 73-58. He also voted to establish school marshals in the name of campus safety.
With 2,483 votes (48.9 percent), Burnam was unseated in his bid for a tenth term in the high-turnout Democratic primary held on March 4, 2014. He lost to Ramon Romero, Jr., who received 2,594 votes (51.1 percent).
- "Democratic primary returns". Texas Secretary of State. March 1, 2016. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
- "Lon Burnam's Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
- "Lon Burnamn's Voting Records". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
- "Democratic primary election returns". team1.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
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