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Conrad Burns Biography

Title:
Former U.S. Senator (R-MT)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“Words do not express my outrage over this. For a court of law to render our pledge of allegiance unconstitutional is astounding to me. When I walk into the Capitol, I see the words ‘In God We Trust.’ It is on our currency, it is one of the core foundations this great nation was founded upon. We are a nation founded upon the acknowledgment of our Creator, this coming from the original flames of freedom by our forefathers in the 1700’s. We are a nation that has sacrificed countless lives in defense of our freedoms, its’ flag, and the documents that forged that freedom. Last September we came together as a Nation, under our flag, and stood up against a terrible attack against our freedoms. Can our children no longer sing ‘God Bless America’ or ‘America the Beautiful?’ The decision rendered by these judges makes no sense to me.”

Press Release, July 15, 2002

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • U.S. Senator (R-MT), 1988-2007
  • Republican Deputy Whip, United States Senate
  • Friend of the Outdoor Industry Award, Outdoor Industry Association, 2006
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Community Broadcasters Association, 2006
  • National Policymaker of the Year, Association for Career and Technical Education, 2006
  • Chairman’s Award for Federal Achievement in Historic Preservation, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 2005
  • Silver Buckle Award for Support of Montana Entrepreneurs, TechRanch, 2005
  • Manufacturing Legislative Excellence, National Association of Manufacturers, 2005
  • Guardian of Small Business, National Federation of Independent Business, 2000
  • Congressional Concierge Award, American Hotel & Motel Association, 1999
  • Yellowstone County Commission, 1986-1988
  • Founder/Owner, Northern Ag Network, 1975-1986
  • Auctioneer, Rivertown Livestock Auction, 1973-1975
  • Billings Livestock Commission Company, 1968-1973
  • Manager, Northern International Livestock Exposition, 1967-1968
  • Reporter, Polled Hereford Association, 1960-1963
  • United States Marine Corps, 1955-1957
Education:
  • Attended College of Agriculture, University of Missouri, 1953-1954
Other:
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