Jon Burns was first elected to the Georgia State House in November of 2004. He currently serves as the House Majority Leader and sits on the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs; Appropriations, Higher Education Subcommittee; Economic Development and Tourism; Ethics; Game, Fish and Parks; Rules; and Transportation Committees.
No stranger to public service, Burns was the 12th Congressional District representative on the Georgia Department of Transportation Board prior to being elected to the State House.
He is also a past member of the Rotary Club and the Georgia Southern University Alumni Association Board of Directors, Member and Past President of the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Georgia Agribusiness Council, Member and Past President of the Effingham County Young Farmers Organization, member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and proudly served in the Georgia Army National Guard.
A farmer and small business owner, Jon and his sons own and operate a diversified agribusiness company that offers custom products and services to farmers, livestock producers, and the construction industry. They also operate a family farm.
Burns was born and raised in Effingham County. He graduated from Effingham County High School and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Georgia Southern University. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall Law School.
Jon and his wife, Dayle, live on the family farm in northern Effingham County. Dayle is a retired educator. They have two grown sons, two lovely daughter-in-laws, and five beautiful grandchildren. Jon is an active member and Sunday School Superintendent at Mizpah United Methodist Church.