Bill D. Burlison served as a Democratic Representative of Missouri from 1969 to 1981. Before his service in Congress, he practiced and taught law. He received a Bachelors degree of Law and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1956. He then practiced law in the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, the U.S. District Court and Missouri courts. He also served as the president of the Missouri Prosecuting Attorneys Association. From 1960 to 1962, he was the assistant attorney general of Missouri. Mr. Burlison also served as the prosecuting attorney of Cape Girardeau County for three terms. During his service in the U.S. Marine Corps for three and a half years, he was the head General Courts-Martial Trial Counsel for the Second Marine Division of the Marine Corps. In addition, Mr. Burlison received "Expert" Honor for pistol and "Sharpshooter" Honor for rifle in his military career.
During his service on Capitol Hill, he was on the Agriculture committee, Interior committee, the committee for the District of Columbia, the Appropriations committee and the Intelligence committee. Mr. Burlison chaired the Intelligence subcommittee on Program and Budget and was the majority regional whip for Missouri and Iowa during his tenure in U.S. Congress. While in Congress, Mr. Burlison was especially concerned about issues related to agriculture, intelligence and a U.S. Constitutional Amendment for the popular election of the President.
Leaving the House did not stop Mr. Burlison's enthusiasm for serving the public. After leaving Washington D.C., Mr. Burlison went back to Cape Girardeau County, Missouri and served on the Missouri Central Committee. Besides Missouri, Mr. Burlison also resided in Maryland. He was elected Councilman of the 4th District of Anne Arundel County of Maryland from 1998 to 2006. During this period, he became the Chairman of the Maryland State Central Committee for Anne Arundel County in 2003 and 2004.
Besides being an attorney and a public servant, Mr. Burlison was also a professor and a student. He was an adjunct professor of Government in four colleges and universities. Furthermore, Mr. Burlison received an LLM degree from American University's Washington College of Law in the year 2005 in Washington D.C. In particular, Mr. Burlison has focused on the issue of how to balance the federal budget from the Constitutional aspect and others. During his leisure time, Mr. Burlison likes to play golf, cycling, race and play horseshoes.