Tim Burns (businessman)

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Tim Burns
Republican nominee for
U.S. House of Representatives
Election date
May 18, 2010
Opponent(s) Mark Critz (D)
Incumbent John Murtha (deceased)
Personal details
Born (1968-04-14) April 14, 1968 (age 49)
Morgantown, West Virginia
United States
Political party Republican
Children two sons, Brock and Trent
Residence Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Occupation Businessman
Religion Roman Catholic Church
Website Tim Burns for Congress
Tim Burns for Senate

Timothy Richard "Tim" Burns (born April 14, 1968) is a Pennsylvania businessman. He ran as a Republican in the 2010 special election to represent Western Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Burns won the party nomination but lost the November general election to Democratic incumbent Mark Critz.[1][2] From mid-October 2011 until ending his campaign in early February 2012, Burns was a candidate for the Republican nomination for United States Senate to challenge incumbent Senator Bob Casey, Jr. in the 2012 election.[3][4][5]

Early life, education and career[edit]

Burns was born in Morgantown, West Virginia; his family later moved to Johnstown, Pennsylvania where he grew up in the Hornerstown section of the city.[6] He graduated from Greater Johnstown High School in 1986. In 1990, Burns obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania.[7]

In 1992, Burns co-founded TechRx, a pharmaceutical technology company that was started in the basement of his house. The company created prescription-automation software for pharmacies that improved the process of filling prescriptions with greater accuracy. The company eventually grew to over 400 employees before it was sold in 2003 to the Atlanta company NDCHealth Corporation.[7][8][9]

Political campaigns[edit]

2010, special[edit]

In April 2009, Burns announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination to oppose then-incumbent Congressman John Murtha in November 2010. Following Murtha's February 2010 death, a special election was scheduled for May 18, 2010.[10] Republicans from the 12th district met on March 11, 2010, in Latrobe, to choose their nominee.[11] Tim Burns was nominated, receiving 85 of 131 votes cast. In a speech prior to the nomination vote, Burns referred to his support for the Tea Party movement, articulated his positions on the current plans for health care reform, United States energy independence and the national deficit, and described his nomination as "an opportunity to put a common sense conservative in a seat that has long been held by a political insider".[11][12] He identifies as pro-life, staunchly opposes federal funding for elective abortion, and opposed the federal health care legislation.

Burns received endorsements from Sarah Palin, Dick Armey, and FreedomWorks, a Washington, D.C. conservative PAC run by Armey.[13] On FoxNews's Hannity, Tucker Carlson said a Burns win in the district would be "a major upset for the Republicans".[14] However, Democratic nominee Mark Critz won, 52.6% to 45.1%.[15]

2010, general[edit]

Burns ran and lost again, although by a slimmer margin, to incumbent Mark Critz in the general election on November 2, 2010, with Rep. Critz garnering 51% of the vote over Burns' 49%.

2012, United States Senate[edit]

On October 12, 2011, Burns announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Bob Casey, Jr. in the 2012 Pennsylvania United States Senate election.[3][4] On February 2, 2012, Burns effectively ended his bid for Casey's Senate seat. In his announcement, Burns said he would remain politically active and participate in opposing the policies of the Obama administration and Bob Casey, saying, "It is a battle that I am committed to pursuing, but not one that I will be doing as a candidate for the United States Senate."[5] The announcement came amid speculation that Burns would pursue a bid for the Congressional seat representing Pennsylvania's newly-drawn 12th congressional district.[16] Burns opted not to run for U.S. House, however, and the 12th district Republican nomination went to Keith Rothfus.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Burns and his family reside in Eighty Four, Pennsylvania. He has two sons, Brock and Trent, and attends St. Benedict Catholic Church.[7]


  1. ^ "Election 2010 - Pennsylvania 12th District Special Election - Burns vs. Critz". RealClearPolitics. 2010-04-28. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b Roarty, Alex (12 October 2011). "Another Republican Jumps In Against Bob Casey". NationalJournal. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Gibson, Keegan. "Tim Burns Announces for Senate". PoliticsPA. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Gibson, Keegan (2 February 2012). "Burns Exits Senate Race". PoliticsPA. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Murtha's open Pa. seat gives GOP hope Kathy Kiely, USA Today. Retrieved April 27, 2010.
  7. ^ a b c Tim Burns profile Tim Burns Campaign site. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  8. ^ Pittsburgh Business Times 05/31/2002 Atlanta company is buying TechRx
  9. ^ Pittsburgh Tibune-Review 3/12/2010 GOP picks nominee for Murtha's seat
  10. ^ Blake, Aaron (February 17, 2010). "Murtha special election added to May 18th primary schedule". The Hill. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Reabuck, Sandra K. (March 1, 2010). "Parties set to make House picks". The Tribune-Democrat. Retrieved March 6, 2010. 
  12. ^ "PA-12 Special Election Is Set", RealClearPolitics.com, March 12, 2010, [2]
  13. ^ FreedomWorks will endorse Tim Burns in Pennsylvania David Weigel, Washington Post, April 21, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  14. ^ "Inside the Race for Murtha's Seat", Hannity, April 26, 2010, FoxNews, As Retrieved 2010-04-27
  15. ^ "2010 Special Election for the 12th Congressional District". Pennsylvania Department of State. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  16. ^ Gibson, Keegan (26 January 2012). "Burns for Congress Instead of Senate?". PoliticsPA. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Critz beats Altmire in 12th Congressional District". Ellwood City Ledger. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 

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