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Phil Burton


Picture of Phil Burton
CA Blue Book
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-1956 Democratic AD-20 17807 Win
11-04-1958 Democratic AD-20 22600 Win
11-08-1960 Democratic AD-20 24497 Win
11-06-1962 Democratic AD-20 23047 Win
02-18-1964 Democratic CD-05 26698 Win
11-03-1964 Democratic CD-05 71638 Win
11-08-1966 Democratic CD-05 56476 Win
11-05-1968 Democratic CD-05 95630 Win
11-03-1970 Democratic CD-05 96393 Win
11-07-1972 Democratic CD-05 124164 Win
11-05-1974 Democratic CD-06 85712 Win
11-02-1976 Democratic CD-06 86493 Win
11-07-1978 Democratic CD-06 81801 Win
11-04-1980 Democratic CD-06 93400 Win
11-02-1982 Democratic CD-05 103268 Win

Candidate Biography:

A. Phillip Burton
Born: June 1, 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Married: Sala Galant
Family: Brother of John Burton
University: University of Southern California (BA; 1947)
Military Service: USN, USAF (WWII, Korea)
Died (in office): April 10, 1983 in San Francisco, CA

1954: Primary Candidate for AD-23 (Lost; 31%)
1959: United States Representative, Atlantic Treaty Association Conference
1964: Resigned from the State Assembly on February 24.
1968: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
1970: Delegate, Democratic National Convention

  • Burton was the youngest member of the Assembly in 1956 at age 30.
  • PLACENAME: The Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse is located in San Francisco.
  • PLACENAME: The Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School was dedicated in 1984.
  • PLACENAME: Phillip Burton Memorial Beach is located in Daly City [San Mateo County] 
  • Silver Screen: Burton was portrayed by Robert Chimento in the movie "Milk" (2008).

Source: California Blue Book (1961)
Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) []
Source: Members of the California Legislature and Other State Officials by the California Teamsters Legislative Council (1957 ed.)