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J. Herbert Burke

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Herbert Burke
J. Herbert Burke.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 12th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1979
Preceded byDante Fascell
Succeeded byEdward J. Stack
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 10th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1973
Preceded bySam Gibbons
Succeeded byLouis A. Bafalis
Personal details
Born(1913-01-14)January 14, 1913
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJune 16, 1993(1993-06-16) (aged 80)
Altamonte Springs, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseEvelyn Krumtinger
EducationCentral YMCA College
Northwestern University (BA)
Illinois Institute of Technology (LLB)

J. Herbert Burke (January 14, 1913 – June 16, 1993) was a Republican U.S. Representative from Florida who served from 1967 to 1979.


He was born in Chicago, Illinois, where he attended the public schools, the defunct Central YMCA College, and then Northwestern University in nearby Evanston, Illinois.[1] He later graduated from Kent College of Law in Chicago.[1]

Burke served in the United States Army in France during World War Two, and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.[1] He also earned the European Theater Medal and the American Theater Ribbon, and was discharged with the rank of captain.


He was admitted to the bar in 1940 and practiced in Chicago from 1940 to 1949, and in Hollywood, Florida, from 1949 to 1968. In 1952, Burke was elected Republican commissioner in Broward County and served in that capacity until 1967. He was a Republican State committeeman from 1954 to 1958. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Eighty-fourth Congress in a special election held on January 11, 1955, losing to Democrat Paul Rogers.

Burke served as delegate to Republican National Conventions in 1968, 1972, and 1976.[1] In 1968, he was a member of the Republican Platform Committee. In 1956, he was appointed by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the Southeastern Advisory Board of Small Business.

Burke was elected to the Ninetieth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1979). Burke voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.[2]


On May 27, 1978, Burke was arrested at the Centerfold Bar in Dania, Florida, on charges of disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest.[3] Burke claimed he had come to the club in an attempt to prevent a narcotics deal. He later pleaded guilty to the charges and nolo contendere to an additional charge of witness tampering and sentenced to three months of probation and a $177.50 fine.[3][4]

The incident later became the basis for the novel Strip Tease, which was made into a film starring Burt Reynolds and Demi Moore.


Despite the arrest, Burke ran for reelection in 1978 to the Ninety-sixth Congress. He lost in a landslide to Democrat Edward J. Stack.

After leaving Congress, he resided in Falls Church, Virginia, and Fern Park, Florida, until his death in 1993 in Altamonte Springs, Florida.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Staff (June 19, 1993). "J. Herbert Burke Dies". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Around the Nation | SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES | JULY 20, 1978 |
  4. ^ [1] Archived 2018-08-13 at the Wayback Machine | January 25, 1985 | Naked Truths Recalled In Waning Days Of Club | Gary Stein, Columnist | [2]
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 12th congressional district

Succeeded by

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