Michael C. Burgess

Michael C. Burgess
Michael Burgess
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 26th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2003
Preceded by Richard Armey
Personal details
Born December 23, 1950 (1950-12-23) (age 60)
Rochester, Minnesota
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Laura Burgess
Residence Lewisville, Texas
Alma mater University of North Texas, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Occupation Obstetrician
Religion Reformed Episcopal Church

Michael Clifton Burgess, (born December 23, 1950) is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 26th congressional district, serving since 2003, and a member of the Tea Party Caucus.


Early life, education, and early career

Burgess was born on December 23, 1950 in Rochester, Minnesota to Harry Meredith Burgess and Norma Crowhurst. He graduated from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in 1972 and graduated from the medical school at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1977. He completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas.[1]

U.S. House of Representatives


Burgess, who had never held any public office and voted in the Democratic primaries in 1990, 1992, and 1994,[2] entered in the 2002 Republican primary election to replace U.S. Congressman and House Minority Leader Richard Armey. The district, comprising the majority of Denton County, was strongly Republican.

Using the campaign slogan "My dad is NOT Dick Armey",[2] and with the endorsement of multiple medical Political Action Committees and the support of organizations like the National Beer Wholesalers Association,[3] Burgess took second place in the primary behind Congressman Armey's son, Scott, finishing with 23% of the vote to Armey's 45%. Armey's failure to capture a 50% majority led to a runoff election. Before the runoff, the Dallas Morning News released a series of articles showing that Judge Armey used his influence to procure county jobs and contracts for his friends. The report strongly hurt Armey's campaign, and Burgess beat Armey by a 55% to 45% margin in the runoff.

Burgess went on to win the general election and has subsequently won reelection four times, most recently against Democrat Neil Durrance.


Burgess is one of nine medical doctors in Congress, and one of seven in the House of Representatives. He is active in the health care reform debate, having served as a campaign surrogate for Sen. John McCain during his 2008 presidential campaign. During the 111th United States Congress, he chaired the Congressional Health Care Caucus, a Congressional caucus In May 2009, Congressional Quarterly noted that Congressman Burgess had "become a prominent voice on health care issues." [4]

On August 9, 2011, Burgess met with a local Tea Party group to discuss his recent vote to raise the debt ceiling. When a constituent asked if the House of Representatives was considering impeaching President Barack Obama, Burgess replied "It needs to happen, and I agree with you it would tie things up," Burgess said. "No question about that."[5]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dick Armey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 26th congressional district

Succeeded by
United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Jo Bonner
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Dennis Cardoza

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