Lon Burnam

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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.[1]

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.[2]

In 2007 when TX House of Representative Debbie Riddle authored HB1034 to amend the TX state pledge of allegiance to the State flag by adding the words "one state under God" in order to acknowledge our "Judeo-Christian heritage", Burnam challenged her, noting the many denominations present in Texas that do not align with that heritage. Representative Riddle replied, "The purpose of this bill is to have our state pledge mirror our national pledge. Our national pledge says, 'one nation under God.' [added 1954] I think it is altogether right and appropriate..." HB1034 passed May 4, 2007.[3]

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 and 100% Pro Choice by Texas National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League.[4] 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.[5]

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).[6]


  1. ^ "Democratic primary returns". Texas Secretary of State. March 1, 2016. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved March 2, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Lon Burnam's Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 7, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ www.n-state.com, NSTATE, LLC. "Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of Texas". www.netstate.com. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  4. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  5. ^ "Lon Burnamn's Voting Records". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 7, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Democratic primary election returns". team1.sos.state.tx.us. Archived from the original on March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 7, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Appearances on C-SPAN