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Birthdate: July 7, 1952
Birth Place: Attleboro, MA, United States
Residence: The Woodlands, TX
Neil Burns was born in Attleboro, Mass., and resides in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb of Houston. He received a bachelor's degree from Northeastern University and a master's degree from the University of Houston.
Burns is a retired former executive for Shell Oil Company, which he joined in 1978 as a financial analyst in Houston. He worked for Shell for 29 years before retiring in 2007.
During his career, he held numerous positions including credit manager, controller, and chief financial officer for a derivative trading company.
Burns and his wife, Stephanie, have two grown sons.
Neil Burns has no past political experience and says the highest office he was elected to before challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady in 2012 for Texas' 8th District was president of his freshman class at Northeastern University.
Burns likes to refer to The Woodlands, his suburban Houston neighborhood, as the reddest district in the reddest state in the country. He says that means Democrats should look at the area as a potential place for picking up future voters. He has urged the Texas Democratic Party to spend more resources in districts like his, where immediate electoral victory is unlikely but where small voter bases make expansion in the future possible.
He was unopposed in the May 2012 Democratic primary.
While working for Shell Oil Company, Burns served as head of a trading company dealing in derivatives, and says he has seen firsthand the need for greater governmental regulation and oversight _ especially in the banking sector.
Burns believes that the United States needs to find ways to guarantee the established "safety net" programs, including Social Security and medical care, as well as education. He says these programs cannot be cut in favor of unfair tax policy.
Source: Associated Press
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