Michael W. Burns

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Michael W. Burns
Member of the
Maryland House of Delegates
from District 32
In office
January 11, 1995 – 1999
Preceded by Tyras S. Athey, Patrick C. Scannello, & Victor A. Sulin
Succeeded by Theodore Sophocleus
Personal details
Born (1958-02-16) February 16, 1958 (age 59)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Republican
Profession lawyer, politician
Website Official website

Michael W. Burns (born February 16, 1958) was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for District 32, which covers a portion of Anne Arundel County, Maryland.


In 1994, Michael Burns won election as one of the three delegates for District 32 in the Maryland House of Delegates. In that year, only one of the incumbents ran, one Victor A. Sulin, who was defeated. The other two incumbents, Patrick C. Scannello and Theodore Sophocleus did not run again. (Sophecleus had replaced a previous delegate, Tyras S. Athey, when he resigned to become Secretary of State of Maryland).[1]

In 1998, Michael Burns ran for reelection, and was defeated. Democrat Mary Ann Love and Republican James E. Rzepkowski were both reelected, but Theodore J. Sophecleus finally ran for election and won.[2]


Burns graduated from Towson State University in 1980 as magna cum laude with a B.S. in History. He returned to college, this time to the University of Maryland School of Law, graduating with his J.D. with honors in 1983.


After being admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1983, Burns began to work as a law clerk in the Baltimore City Circuit Court, where he worked until 1984.

In 1987, Burns was the Maryland Executive Director for the campaign of Senator Robert Dole for President. After the election he became the Executive Director for the Maryland Republican Party. Burns was a delegate to the Republican Party National Convention in 1988 and again in 1996.

Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich appointed Burns to the Chair of the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals in 2003, which Burns will hold for 5 years, until 2009.[3]

Election results[edit]

  • 1998 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 32[4]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Mary Ann Love, Dem. 15,823   19%    Won
Theodore Sophocleus, Dem. 15,382   18%    Won
James E. Rzepkowski, Rep. 14,959   18%    Won
Michael W. Burns, Rep. 13,247   16%    Lost
Victor Sulin, Dem. 12,658   15%    Lost
Betty Ann O'Neill, Dem. 11,752   14%    Lost
  • 1994 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 32[5]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
James E. Rzepkowski, Rep. 15,147   20%    Won
Michael W. Burns, Rep. 12,883   17%    Won
Mary Ann Love, Dem. 12,414   16%    Won
Gerald P. Starr, Rep. 12,166   16%    Lost
Victor A. Sulin, Dem. 11,872   16%    Lost
Thomas H. Dixon III, Dem. 11,002   15%    Lost


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