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BURKE, J. Herbert, a Representative from Florida; born in Chicago, Ill., January 14,
1913; attended the public schools of Chicago, Ill.; attended Central Y.M.C.A.
College in Chicago, Ill., and Northwestern University; graduated from Kent
College of Law in 1940; served in the United States Army in the European
Theater in 1942-1945, was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, the European
Theater Medal, and the American Theater Ribbon, and was discharged with the
rank of captain; admitted to the bar in 1940 and practiced in Chicago,
1940-1949, and Hollywood, Fla., 1949-1968; elected Republican commissioner in
Broward County, Fla., in 1952 and served in that capacity until 1967;
Republican State committeeman, 1954-1958; unsuccessful candidate for election
to the Eighty-fourth Congress in a special election, January 11, 1955; delegate
to Republican National Conventions from 1968 to 1976; member, Republican
Platform Committee, 1968; appointed by President Eisenhower to Southeastern
Advisory Board of Small Business in 1956; elected as a Republican to the
Ninetieth and to the five succeeding Congresses; (January 3, 1967-January 3,
1979); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1978 to the Ninety-sixth
Congress; was a resident of Falls Church, Va., and Fern Park, Fla., until his
death in Altamonte Springs, Fla., on June 16, 1993.
BibliographyRalph Nader Congress Project.
Citizens Look at Congress: J. Herbert Burke, Republican Representative
from Florida. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers,