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Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release August 2, 1999


Charles W. Burson is Legal Counsel to Vice President Al Gore. He assumed the position in February 1997. He served as Tennessee Attorney General from 1988 until appointed to his current position.

While serving as Attorney General, he was the President of the National Association of Attorneys General and was the 1993 recipient of the Wyman Award given annually to the Attorney General who does the most to enhance the Office of Attorney General and promotes the goals of the National Association. He was the first non-elected Attorney General to ever receive the award. As Attorney General, he presented four arguments on behalf of the State of Tennessee before the United States Supreme Court.

Burson received his B.A. with honors in Political Science from the University of Michigan and his M.A. from Cambridge in 1968. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1970. From 1970, until his appointment as Attorney General in 1988, he was in private practice in Memphis, Tennessee with the firms of Burson and Walkup and then as a partner beginning in 1981 with Wildman, Harold, Allen, and McDonnell.

In 1977, Burson was elected and served as a delegate to the Tennessee Constitutional Convention. He served on the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners for six years and as President of the Board during 1987-1988. Burson served as a member of the Tennessee Code Commission, Commission on the Future of the Judicial System, Judicial Council and as a Fellow of the American and Tennessee Bar Foundations.

He is married to Bunny Burson and they have two daughters, Clare and Kate.

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