Joseph T. Burns was born and raised in Central New York. Shortly after graduating from Syracuse University and Albany Law School, he began working in the New York State Senate for Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
After working for Sen. DeFrancisco for four years, Joe was appointed to be the Deputy Director of Election Operations at the New York State Board of Elections. In that role, Joe worked with county Boards of Elections, candidates, and party committees, and most importantly, he was involved in New York State’s historic transition from lever to optical scan voting machines.
Since leaving the New York State Board of Elections in 2015, Joe has represented a number of candidates and party committees in election cases throughout New York State and has served as an attorney for the Erie County and New York State Republican Committees. From October 2022 to March 2023, Joe served as the Treasurer of the New York Republican State Committee.
In 2016, Joe served as the vice chair of the Erie County Charter Revision Commission, and in 2021, Joe served as a member of the Erie County Advisory Commission on Reapportionment.
Joe currently resides in the Town of Amherst, a suburb of Buffalo, New York.
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