Bill D. Burlison ( born March 15, 1931 in Wardell, Pemiscot County, Missouri) is an American politician. Between 1969 and 1981 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Bill Burlison studied until 1959 twice on the Southeast Missouri State University, as well as between them until 1956 at the University of Missouri. After qualifying as a lawyer in 1959 he began to work as a lawyer. In this capacity, he is entitled to practice as a lawyer before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Military Court of Appeals, all federal district courts and the courts in Missouri. In the meantime, Burlison was Chairman of the Association of Prosecutors of Missouri. From 1960 to 1962 he was assistant attorney general of his state. He then completed three terms as district attorney in Cape Girardeau County. He was also legal advisor for military trials at the 2nd Division of the United States Marine Corps. In addition, he taught at Southeast Missouri State College Jura.
Politically, Burlison joined the Democratic Party. In 1964 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, was nominated to the President Lyndon B. Johnson for re-election. In the congressional elections of 1968, Burlison was in the tenth electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Paul C. Jones on January 3, 1969. After five elections he could spend in Congress until January 3, 1981 six legislative periods. During this time, ended the Vietnam War. In 1974, the political America was rocked by the Watergate affair. While Burlisons time as congressman was ratified the 26th Amendment to the Constitution in 1971, through which the voting age was lowered to 18 years.
In 1980, Bill Burlison defeated Republican Bill Emerson. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced as a lawyer again. He moved to Maryland, where he unsuccessfully stood as a candidate in 1986 and 1990 for the local House of Representatives. In 1998 he was elected to the County Council of Anne Arundel County, where he completed two terms until 2007. Then Burlison returned to Missouri, where he settled in Advance. In the years 2008 and 2010 he applied unsuccessfully for a seat in the House of Representatives from Missouri.