Conrad Burns

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Conrad Burns

Former United States Senator from Montana add

Category: Politics

Born in 1935.

Countries: United States (37%), Montana (31%), Virginia (11%)

Main connections: Montana, Super Bowl, Virginia

Linked to: Republican Party, United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Associated Press, University of Montana

 

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Conrad Burns was born in 1935 add something


1952

He graduated from Gallatin High School in 1952 and enrolled in the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri add something


1955

Two years later Burns left without graduating, and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1955 add something


1957

After his military service in 1957, Burns began working for Trans World Airlines and Ozark Air Lines add something


1962

In 1962, he traveled the state as a field representative for "Polled Hereford World" magazine in Billings, Montana add something


1967

He married Phyllis Jean Kuhlmann in 1967; they have two children, Keely and Garrett add something


1968

In 1968, he turned down a transfer to Iowa and became a cattle auctioneer for the Billings, Montana Livestock Commission add something


1971

The Burns Amendment overruled critical sections of the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, which protected America's wild mustangs and burros from slaughter add something


1975

In 1975, Burns founded the Northern Agricultural Network with four radio stations add something


1986

The NAN had grown to serve thirty-one radio stations and six television stations by 1986, when he sold it to enter politics add something


1991

Following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, Burns invited a group of racially mixed lobbyists to a "slave auction add something


1995

Leo Giacometto was Burns' chief of staff from 1995 to 1999 add something


1999

The magazine dubbed him "The Shock Jock" and called him "serially offensive" for his many controversial statements during his career, such as a 1999 remark in which he called Arabs "ragheads add something

 

In February 1999, he announced that he would break his 1988 promise to only hold office for two terms, claiming "Circumstances have changed, and I have rethought my position add something

 

Terms Unlimited", "The Washington Post", June 24, 1999 Later that same month, while giving a speech about U.S. dependence on foreign oil to the Montana Equipment Dealers Association, he referred to Arabs as "ragheads" add something


2000

Burns faced a surprisingly difficult reelection campaign in 2000 add something

 

During the 2000 race against Brian Schweitzer, cameraman Matt McKenna was paid to trail Burns add something

 

Rancher Mounts Brawny Challenge; Crusty GOP Incumbent Finds Race Tightening Against an Equally Rough-Hewn Opponent", "Washington Post", October 31, 2000 Burns charged that Schweitzer favored "Canadian-style government controls" and claimed that senior citizens went to doctors to have "somebody to visit with add something

 

Brian Schweitzer - In 2000, Schweitzer ran for U.S. Senate against the Republican incumbent Conrad Burns.


2001

Ryan Thomas, another Burns appropriations staffer, and Burns's chief of staff, Will M. Brooke, were treated to a trip to the 2001 Super Bowl in Florida on a corporate jet leased by Abramoff's team add something

 

The organization said, "His ethics issues stem from campaign contributions he accepted in apparent exchange for exercising his authority as chairman of an appropriations subcommittee and on a trip some of his staff members took to the 2001 Super Bowl add something

 

Vasell was registered as a lobbyist for the Choctaw and Coushatta tribes in 2001, joined Burns's staff in 2002, rejoined Abramoff's team as a lobbyist for the tribes in 2003 add something

 

He asserted that one or more of the organizers of the September 11, 2001 attacks entered the U.S. from Canada, a statement that was later rebutted and proven untrue by the Canadian ambassador add something


2003

In 2003, the CSKT renewed negotiations over the NBR. Fish and Wildlife officials in Denver stated at the time that Burns had the authority to stop the management transfer add something

 

In May 2003, Burns and his counterpart, Charles Taylor, the chairman of the House Interior Subcommittee, sent a letter to the Interior Department, arguing the Saginaw Chippewa's case add something

 

Less than two months after a key earmark by Burns in October 2003, Burns's chief of staff, Will Brooke, went to work for Abramoff at the lobbying firm Greenberg Traurig add something

 

In December 2003, Burns and Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, were pleased that their legislation to combat spam, the CAN-SPAM Act, had been signed into law add something


2004

Schweitzer went on to become governor in 2004 add something


2005

Burns added the Burns amendment to the Appropriations act of 2005, without discussion or agreement of the public or the rest of Congress add something

 

Taking advantage of his position as Chair of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Burns slipped the amendment on the 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Bill Conference Committee Report, without the knowledge of Congress and without opportunity to debate or strip it off by vote since committee reports cannot be amended add something

 

On March 14, 2005, the day before a new NBR agreement went into effect with the tribes, CSKT Chairman Fred Matt wrote in a "Missoulian" guest column, "Sen. Burns has been a positive and aggressive advocate for Indian Country add something

 

However, anti-spam organization Spamhaus indicated in April 2005 that they were far from satisfied that the problem of spam coming from the U.S. had been addressed add something

 

In June 2005, former Burns staffer Shawn Vasell was called as a witness at a hearing before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs add something

 

Mustang - In January 2005, a controversial amendment was attached to an appropriation bill before the United States Congress by former Senator Conrad Burns, dubbed the "Burns rider


2006

During a debate in 2006 against Democratic opponent Jon Tester, Burns commented that he was on the telephone with his contractor when he saw an interview with an illegal immigrant on television add something

 

In February 2006 it was reported that an unidentified member of Burns' staff had sought to alter his biographical encyclopedia article on Wikipedia, in order to remove mention of pejorative comments he had made and insert in its place "glowing" praise as "the voice of the farmer" add something

 

In April 2006, Burns was selected by "Time" as one of America's Five Worst Senators add something

 

On June 6, 2006, Burns easily won the Republican primary add something

 

In July 2006, Burns met up serendipitously with a group of firefighters waiting for their flight home in the Billings, Montana airport add something

 

On August 14, 2006 a reporter from the "Daily Press" of Newport News, Virginia called Burns' office for comment on the firefighter comment add something

 

Again, at a campaign event on August 30, 2006, Burns, while discussing the War on Terrorism, spoke of a "faceless enemy" of terrorists who "drive taxicabs in the daytime and kill at night add something

 

Earlier in October 2006, the Washington D.C. newspaper "Roll Call" reported that Montana legislative auditors gave the FBI evidence not included in their June report indicating there was clear criminal activity" involved in the alliance between INSA, Burns and Giacometto add something

 

In October 2006, the "Missoulian" reported further problems with IMSA and with the University of Montana's Northern Rockies Center for Space Privatization, which has a history of sharing employees with INSA, some of whom are related add something

 

In addition, a friend of Abramoff's said in October 2006 that Burns' staff ate so many free meals at Abramoff's restaurant that people joked they would have "starved to death" without the lobbyist add something

 

On November 9, 2006, Burns conceded the election to Tester add something

 

Stan Jones (politician) - His loss in 2006 was his most significant, when he challenged incumbent Republican Conrad Burns and Democrat Jon Tester, and received 3 percent of the vote


2008

In early 2008, the Justice Department notified Burns he was no longer part of their investigation add something


2009

On December 9, 2009, Burns was hospitalized after suffering from a stroke, likely as a result of atrial fibrillation, at his Arlington, Virginia home add something


2012

In 2012, Burns endorsed Congressman Denny Rehberg in his Senate bid against Tester add something


2016

Burns died in Billings, Montana on April 28, 2016 at the age of 81 add something