Robert “Bob” Burns

General Information

Bob Burns
Male
Rolfe, Pocahontas Co., IA, USA
Photograph of Robert “Bob” Burns

Biographical Information

The following biography is from the Corporation Commission website (Feb. 2015):

Commissioner Bob Burns: Bob Burns was elected to a four-year term on the Arizona Corporation Commission starting in January 2013. For the past 50 years, Bob Burns has lived in Arizona and played an important role in making Arizona a better place to live, work and play. After serving as an Aviation Electronics Technician in the US Navy, Bob was honorably discharged and in 1962 moved with his wife Gayle to Arizona where he began his career at a division of General Electric which later became part of Honeywell. As a computer programming analyst, Bob was instrumental in writing and installing many computer software systems for plants in the steel, paper, petrochemical, fuel distribution, and electrical generation industries. As a lead programmer, Bob wrote and tested standardized control panel software packages for many power generation facilities.
 
After retiring from Honeywell, Bob and Gayle became small business owners. They owned and operated several businesses, including five Elementary Preparatory Schools. The combined schools were licensed to care for five hundred students per day. After twenty seven years of operation, they sold their schools and now manage their commercial real estate properties.
 
In 1989, Bob began his career in public service as an elected State Representative. In the House of Representatives Bob was a distinguished leader. He was Chairman of Appropriations, and served on many committees, including, Health, Judiciary, Ways and Means, Transportation, and Insurance.
 
In 2001, Bob was elected as a member of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for overseeing the management of the Central Arizona Project, a 336-mile long system of aqueducts, tunnels, pumping plants and pipelines, and is the largest single resource of renewable water supplies in the state of Arizona. It is also the largest user of electrical power in Arizona.
 
In 2003, Bob was elected to the Arizona State Senate where he again distinguished himself as an outstanding leader. Bob served as Chairman of Appropriations, and on a number of committees, including Rules and Finance.
 
In 2009, Bob was elected as President of the Arizona Senate, and served as such until 2010. During the twenty years that Bob served in the Legislature, he was Chairman of the Appropriations Committee for fourteen years.

While serving in the Legislature, Bob Burns received many recognitions and awards, including:
 
•“Watchdog Award”. An award given by the Arizona Tax Research Association to legislators who fight for the taxpayer and target wasteful spending in government.
•“Legislator of the Year”. An award given by the American Legislative Exchange Council to state legislators who have distinguished themselves by taking a leadership role in advancing, introducing, and/or enacting policies based on principles of free markets, limited government, and individual liberty.
•“Senator of the Year”. Awarded by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.
•“Champion of the Taxpayer”. Awarded by Americans for Prosperity.
•"Nations Renewable Energy Leader". Business Facilities Magazine.
•Autism Society of America "dedication and leadership at the Arizona Legislature".
 
Bob’s public and community service extends beyond his substantial time in the Legislature. As an active member of the community, Bob has served on the Board of Directors for Friends of the West Valley Recreation Corridor, is a member of Arizona Town Hall, and is a member of the Glendale Kachina Rotary Club.
 
In 1996, Bob initiated the legislation that created the Arizona Telemedicine Program. He became the first Chair of the Telemedicine Council and continues to serve in that capacity. In the past, Bob has sponsored an in-line rollerblade hockey team, sponsored and coached numerous Summer Baseball League teams, and held membership in the Arizona, Phoenix and Glendale Chambers of Commerce.

Bob Burns was born and raised in Rolfe, Iowa. He and Gayle have been married for 52 years, and have two sons, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Education

GE In-House Computer Programming School 1963

Naval Aviation Electrician Technician School 1958

Military Experience

U.S. Navy, Aviation Electronics Technician, 1958-1962 

Additional Information

Robert Burns began his term as a Commissioner with the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2013.

Employment

Occupation Title Years
Education/Library owner, Rainbow Elementary Prep Schools
Science/Engineering/Technology program analyst, General Electric and Honeywell 1962 - 1978
Real Estate/Land/Insurance president, BMG Investments, Inc. 1971
Government Arizona Corporation Commissioner 2013

Arizona Legislative Service

Session Chamber Party District City County Office Notes
39th Legislature, 1st Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa
39th Legislature, 2nd Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa
40th Legislature, 1st Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa
40th Legislature, 2nd Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa
41st Legislature, 1st Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa
41st Legislature, 2nd Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa
42nd Legislature, 1st Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa
42nd Legislature, 2nd Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa
43rd Legislature, 1st Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa
43rd Legislature, 2nd Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa
44th Legislature, 1st Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa
44th Legislature, 2nd Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa
46th Legislature, 1st Regular Senate Republican 9 - Maricopa (2003-12) Peoria Maricopa
46th Legislature, 2nd Regular Senate Republican 9 - Maricopa (2003-12) Peoria Maricopa
47th Legislature, 1st Regular Senate Republican 9 - Maricopa (2003-12) Peoria Maricopa
47th Legislature, 2nd Regular Senate Republican 9 - Maricopa (2003-12) Peoria Maricopa
48th Legislature, 1st Regular Senate Republican 9 - Maricopa (2003-12) Peoria Maricopa
48th Legislature, 2nd Regular Senate Republican 9 - Maricopa (2003-12) Peoria Maricopa
49th Legislature, 1st Regular Senate Republican 9 - Maricopa (2003-12) Peoria Maricopa President of the Senate
49th Legislature, 2nd Regular Senate Republican 9 - Maricopa (2003-12) Peoria Maricopa President of the Senate

Sources

Birth: Project Vote Smart, 2008 Guide to the 48th Legislature (green book); Military Service: Corporation Commission Bio