, Indiana , United States
|Last Modifed||Barack O-blame-a|
Jul 02, 2004 01:12am
|Info||Personal information |
Rebecca and her husband, Mark Burris, were sweethearts at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis and have been married 27 years. Mark owns Burris Engineering, which manufactures precision metal parts for turbine engines. Son Matthew Burris, 20, is studying engineering at Kettering University (formerly GMI) in Flint, Mich. Daughter Lauren Burris, 17, is a senior at Bloomington North High School. Rebecca’s political heritage includes a great-great grandfather, who was a state legislator, and Sen. Richard Lugar, who is a distant relative.
Rebecca and her family enjoy living on their 100-acre pony farm in the Bloomington area that is surrounded by the Morgan-Monroe State Forest. Her farm is not too far from her alma mater, Indiana University, where she received a Bachelor in fine arts.
Elementary School Teacher: Rebecca taught Art for 6 years in Martinsville schools in the Morgan County School Corp. Later, she taught for 10 years in the Bloomington Montessori School, where her children attended. She started as a volunteer, then it grew into a paid position.
Business owner: Rebecca has been operating the Outcrop Pony Farm, the family business, for 11 years. She and her family raise and show Welsh Mountain ponies.
Yoga instructor: She taught yoga for 10 years to all ages – preschoolers through senior citizens.
School board: Rebecca served for 4 years on the Bloomington Montessori School Board. She also volunteered there and at St. Charles School in many capacities.
Bloomington Fire Safety Commission: Served 1999-2000 and was chairwoman in 2000.
U.S. Pony Club: She is a parent volunteer and has served as fund-raising chairwoman.
Equestrian competitions: Frequent volunteer at Combined Training Events.
Candidate: Rebecca, 49, has run for U.S. Senate (1998), Indiana House (1996) and Monroe County Council (in the early 1980s).
Volunteer: She joined the party in the early ’70s. She helped with petition drives, which were needed to get candidates on the ballot before the party gained ballot access.