Meet James Burnett

James Burnett has been an activist, community leader, and public servant for over a decade. A Fort Bend native, James was raised in the Mission Bend neighborhood and graduated from George Bush High School, where he played varsity football, ran track, and was President of the Debate team. With a passion for public service and civic engagement instilled at a young age, James started volunteering for Democratic campaigns as a teenager. He worked his way to become a pillar of the Democratic institution in Fort Bend and Harris County. He went on to graduate from Houston Baptist University with a degree in Political Science, where he founded the university’s first Democratic club–College Democrats at HBU, and served as a Senator in the Student Government Association, as well as President of the Pre-Law Society.

James’ professional career has been committed to public service, first working as an Administrative Aide in the U.S. Attorney’s Office -Southern District of Texas. Later, as the Division Supervisor for Jury, Passports & Public Information in the Fort Bend County District Clerk’s Office, and most recently as a Community Engagement Coordinator in Harris County Precinct One.

James has spent a lifetime helping the Democratic cause — serving as Chief of Staff in the Texas Young Democrats, Primary Administrator for the Fort Bend County Democratic Party, African American Outreach Organizer for the Beto for Texas campaign. And finally, as Political Outreach Director for Sri Preston Kulkarni’s Congressional race in TX-22, where he was instrumental in overseeing the multilingual phone banking program, which helped create a surge in Asian American voters and civic engagement. He now seeks to bring his expertise in coalition building to one of the most diverse districts in the country!

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James on The Issues

We need to extend growth to the whole community of House District 76 to bring broader prosperity to all of us and breakthrough inequality. Achieving this depends on a combination of property tax reform, accessible education, investment in healthcare, and fixing the grid.

Property Taxes

The issue facing residents in HD76 is the overbearing burden of high property taxes–especially for families just buying …


I will fight to invest in early childhood education for our children’s future as it’s time we prioritized formal …


Over 29% of Texans remain uninsured during this pandemic. At the same time, other medical costs continue to cause …


Over 210 Texans were killed due to the failure of leadership from the state government. Last year more than …