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Chief of Staff for Senator Gretchen Whitmer

Mark Burton, JD

Michigan State Senate

Mark Burton is chief of staff to Senator Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan’s Senate Democratic leader. Burton supervises and implements the policy objectives, communications strategies, and operating plans of the leader and the Senate Democratic Caucus.  Mark previously consulted or managed campaigns for governor and attorney general in Michigan, and served as campaign director for the successful 2008 statewide voter campaign that amended Michigan’s Constitution to modernize stem cell research laws. Burton has also worked for the Michigan Association for Justice, Michigan Department of Transportation, and House of Representatives. Mark received his Bachelor of Science from Northern Michigan University, his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law, and is a graduate of Oxford University’s Joint Programme in International Human Rights Law.