|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Missouri's 7th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2023
|Preceded by||Billy Long|
|Member of the Missouri Senate|
from the 20th district
January 9, 2019 – January 3, 2023
|Preceded by||Jay Wasson|
|Succeeded by||Curtis Trent|
|Member of the Missouri House of Representatives|
from the 30th district
January 5, 2009 – January 4, 2017
|Preceded by||B. J. Marsh|
|Succeeded by||Kevin Austin|
|Born||October 2, 1976|
Springfield, Missouri, U.S.
|Education||Missouri State University (BA, MBA)|
Eric Wayne Burlison (born October 2, 1976) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative from Missouri's 7th congressional district since 2023. He previously served as the representative for District 133 (Greene County) in the Missouri House of Representatives. A Republican, Burlison was elected to the Missouri House in 2008 and left office at the end of 2016. In 2018, he was elected to the Missouri Senate, representing District 20. He was elected to Congress in 2022.
A 1995 graduate of Parkview High School in Springfield, Missouri, Burlison received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy in 2000 and a Master of Business Administration in 2002 from Southwest Missouri State University.
Burlison was employed at CoxHealth as a software engineer before being promoted to business analyst. He now works for Cerner.
Burlison is a member of the Freedom of Road Riders, Missouri Right to Life, National Rifle Association, and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.
Burlison served in the Missouri House from 2009 to 2016. During that time, he chaired the House Committee on Professional Registration and Licensing and was vice chair of the House Special Committee on Health Insurance.
In 2011, Burlison sponsored a bill that made Missouri join the Health Care Compact. The compact became law in Missouri and seven other states.
In 2014, Burlison passed a bill to provide children with dyslexia better access to educational services. The legislation added dyslexia to a state grant program to help the families of children with disabilities pay for special education programs.
In 2016, Burlison sponsored and passed a bill to eliminate conceal and carry requirements in Missouri.
In 2018, Burlison was elected to the Missouri Senate, representing the 20th District, which comprises Christian County and part of Greene County. Burlison's committee assignments included:
In 2022, Burlison defeated Democratic nominee Kristen Radaker-Sheafer in the race for Missouri's 7th congressional district with 70.9% of the vote to Radaker-Shefer's 26.9%. His term of office in the 118th U.S. Congress began on January 3, 2023.
In a speech on the House floor at the start of his term, Burlison criticized DirectTV for removing Newsmax TV from its listings. He invoked the Holocaust while condemning DirectTV's actions, quoting the poem "First they came ..." by Martin Niemoller and suggesting that cable companies were censoring conservatives.
In 2023, Burlison was among 47 Republicans to vote in favor of H.Con.Res. 21, which directed President Joe Biden to remove U.S. troops from Syria within 180 days.
Burlison was among the 71 Republicans who voted against final passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 in the House.
Burlison lives outside of Springfield with his wife Angie and two daughters. He attends Destiny Church in Republic, Missouri, and is active in supporting campus ministries such as The Potter's House and Campus Crusade for Christ. Burlison is involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks and was named the Big Brother of the Year in 2005. He serves on the board of D.R.E.A.M and the Harmony House for battered and abused women.
Burilson is Protestant.
|Democratic||Nicholas Ivan Ladendorf||4,972||29.5||+0.8|
|Libertarian||Kevin A. Craig||5,869||2.3%||-45.2%|