Dan Burton's Biography

Dan Burton has been fighting for Hoosier voters since he challenged his party's chosen candidate in 1982- running as the only Reagan Republican in a field of five candidates. In Congress and at home, Dan Burton is known as a "pit bull," advocating for smaller government, lower taxes, and pro-family policies- even when it's not politically expedient to do so. 

Because of this hard work, Dan is a thirteen-time winner of the Golden Bulldog Award for voting to cut wasteful government spending. Americans for Tax Reform, a low tax organization, has awarded Burton thirteen Hero of the Taxpayer Awards.  

Perhaps Dan's pit bull attitude comes because Dan's childhood challenge of overcoming abuse. He first spoke publicly about his troubled childhood a little more than a decade ago, from the US House floor. Congressman Burton startled many in the House with a very personal address to Congress encouraging the creation of the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Family Violence Prevention Fund still features Dan Burton's story on their website. In this speech, Dan told of the abuse he and his family overcame, the problems it created and how he finally found the strength to confront his abusive father. Channel 13 (WTHR) has also extensively covered Dan's story as part of their series on Domestic Violence. The story was entitled Shattering the Silence.  See the video here.

He graduated from Shortridge High School in 1957, and attended Indiana University and the Cincinnati Bible Seminary. Congressman Burton received an Honorary Doctorate in Political Science from the Graduate School of Dongguk University in the Republic of Korea (2009)
He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Indiana Wesleyan University (2005). As a proud veteran of our Armed Forces, Dan served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserves (1957-1962). Before his election to Congress, Mr. Burton held office in the Indiana State Senate (1969-70 and 1981-82), as well as in the Indiana House of Representatives (1967-68 and 1977-80).

Congressman Burton assumed the Chairmanship of the House Committee on Oversight & Gov't Reform in the 105th Congress. By doing so he became the first Hoosier Republican to Chair a full House Committee in more than sixty years.  Congressman Burton currently serves as ranking member of the House International Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. Also, he is a Senior Member on the Government Oversight and Reform Committee.

Dan has also taken up the cause of the families of autistic children, inspired by the plight of his grandson who is autistic. In 2005, the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) awarded Burton the Leadership Award for his tireless work on health care issues.

The Burton family resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.