Monday, May 25, 2015

Representative  James C. "Jim" Burke

District 107

Member Information

Biographical Information

City of Residence:  Miami

Occupation:  Attorney

Child(ren):  James C., Jr., Carmen, Ebonie, and Constance

Education:  Knoxville College, B.A., 1970; University of Miami Law School, J.D., 1973, Student Government, Alpha Phi Alpha, Student Court Chief Justice

Born:  March 2, 1948, Waycross, GA



Moved to Florida:  1970

Religious Affiliation:  Christian

Recreational Interest:  swimming

Legislative Service

Elected to the House in 1982, reelected subsequently. Speaker pro tempore 1986-1988. First African American in history of Florida to hold this position.

Other Public Service

Democratic Executive Committee 1980-1982. Dade County Citizens Committee to Investigate 1980 Miami Riot Vice Chairman 1980-1981.


Dade County, Florida, American, and National Bar Associations

Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Association

Greater Miami N.A.A.C.P. President 1976-1978

N.A.A.C.P. life member

Free and Accepted Masons

Knoxville College South Florida Alumni Chapter

Dade County Young Democrats President 1979-1980

National Black Caucus of State Legislators National Board


First African American elected to Student Senate of University of Miami Law School 1972 (school year). The Achievers Club, Inc. Community Organization Achiever of the Year in the Field of Jurisprudence 1977. First Black Member elected as President of the Young Democrats of Dade County 1979-1980. Y.M.C.A and Y.W.C.A. of Greater Miami and Dade County, Carver Family Branch, Role Model for Black Youth Award of Appreciation 1980. Kiwanis Club of Afro-American Greater Miami Certificate of Appreciation 1982. Honored by Mt. Tabor Baptist Church on its 82nd anniversary 1983. Dade County Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc. Certificate of Appreciation 1983. South Florida Regional Chapter of Knoxville College Alumni Association Outstanding Contribution and Service to Our Community Award 1984. Innovator Publishing Company Certificate of Honor to Greater Miami Outstanding and Most Influential Blacks 1984. Gaerth C. Reeves, Jr. Leadership Development Center of the Urban League of Miami, Inc. Certificate of Appreciation 1984. Martin Luther King, Jr. Economic Development Corporation (MLKEDCO) Certificate of Appreciation. People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality (P.U.L.S.E.) Certificate of Appreciation 1984. N.A.A.C.P., Naples Branch, Certificate of Appreciation 1984. Dade County Academy of Medicine recognition 1984. FIU Alumni Official Recognition as Honorary Member 1985. Greater Miami N.A.A.C.P. Freedom Fighter Award 1985. FAMU and the FAMU National Alumni Association Certifiate of Appreciation 1985. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dade County Distinguished and Dedicated Service 1987. Florida A & M University recognition 1987. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Delta Omicron Omega Chapter recognition. Florida Federation of Community Development Corporation recognition. Big Bend Minority Business Expo recognition 1987. Academy of Trial Lawyers recognition 1987. The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida recognition 1987. The Inner City Children Touring Dance Co. recognition 1986-1987. Beta Beta Lambda Chapte

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