Candidate Profile
Max Burns

Republican , Georgia


Max Burns
State Senator, Dist. 23

Panel Rating*

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*National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF

Selected Contributions


Austin Scott (2010), Eric Cantor (2006), Johnny Isakson (2013), Lynn Westmoreland (2013), Nathan Deal (2010), National Republican Congressional Committee (2013) and 6 more
13th Colony Leadership Committee (2006), 21st Century Majority Fund (2006), American Success PAC (2010), Americans for a Republican Majority (2006), Americans for Republican Leadership (2006), Americans for Tax Reform (2010) and 93 more


Sheet Metal Workers International Association (2006)







Other Information


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?



It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

Identify expenditures that are not providing a substantive return on investment. This will require extensive analysis to identify specific areas that should be reduced. Balancing the state budget is constitutionally required. It necessitates hard choices. I am prepared to make these difficult decisions.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree   

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

The state should not interfere with our religious liberty in any way. Under the U.S. Constitution, we are guaranteed the right of religious freedom. We should be allowed to practice our faith without constraint. The state should welcome the teachings of the church as it conducts its responsibilities, i.e. displaying and following the Ten Commandments. We should promote and support voluntary prayer in schools and at community events. We must protect 'One Nation Under God' as we pledge allegiance to the flag of our great nation.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Yes, I support affordable, accessible, quality healthcare throughout our state. But, NOT a mandated or government controlled health system. I believe that private enterprise is the most viable option for quality healthcare. Our current healthcare sector is best equipped to guide us as we make decisions on the future of healthcare in Georgia. I applaud these providers for their service and dedication to our state.

National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   


I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Only legal immigrants who have followed our laws should be allowed access to our country.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am blessed with a strong faith in God and his son Jesus Christ. I hold to the fundamental Christian principals.


When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

My voting record in the U.S. Congress from 2003-2005 reflects my conservative position. My life's work for strong conservative values is at the core of who I am. My service on the Screven County Commission reflects my commitment to fiscal and social conservative government.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I have the education, experience and ability to represent the 23rd Senate District in Georgia. I have a bachelor's degree in engineering from Georgia Tech and a masters and PhD in business from Georgia State. In addition I'm a certified County Commissioner in Georgia. I have extensive experience in business, education and agriculture. I have a decades of business experience in Fortune 500, national NGO's and small business. I've owned and operated our family farm for forty years. I have thirty years of teaching and administration experience in the University System of Georgia. I am uniquely qualified to represent Senate District 23.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No, I have never been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct.

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I'm experienced, knowledgeable and capable of representing all areas of the 23rd Senate District. I've represented 7 of the 11 counties in the U.S. Congress. My record of accomplishments includes dramatic proposals for Interstate infrastructure expansion (I-3 and I-14), support for the Cancer Center at Augusta University, work on re-authorizing national legislation in education, agriculture and transportation. I have proven my ability to effectively represent urban, suburban and rural communities. I understand the legislative process and have the ability and relationships to be a STRONG voice in the State Senate for the 23rd District. Choose KNOWLEDGE. Choose EXPERIENCE. Choose REPRESENTATION. Choose Max Burns for State Senate, District 23.

Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   

Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree   

2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?


What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

None. There should be no restrictions on gun ownership.

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Agree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

1. Facilitate economic growth in Georgia. 2. Provide for enhanced educational opportunities for all Georgians. 3. Protect the rights of the unborn.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

Yes. Any form of racism is detrimental to our country. We can protect the domestic security of the United States without being racist. While threats come from a small group of radical individuals that may be linked to certain cultures or nations, we must protect our nation and our people from all threats without using racism as a crutch.


  • Screven County High School, Sylvania, GA, Diploma, 1967
  • Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, BIE, 1973
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, MBIS/PhD, 1987
Work & Military
  • U.S. Army Reserve, 1st Lt, 1973-1981
  • Chamber of Commerce Screven & Lumpkin, Member/Board Member/President
  • U.S. Fulbright Association, Board of Directors/Legislative Liasion
  • SACS/Commission on Colleges, College/University Accreditating Agency
  • NRA, Life Member
  • Georgia Farm Bureau, Member
  • Planters EMC, Member
  • Georgia Limousin Association, Beef cattle Association - Member
  • Jackson Baptist Church, Member/Deacon
  • Chair County Commission, Held 1992-1998
  • U.S. Congress, Held 2003-2005

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