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Andrew C. Burks Jr.
Candidate for
Houston City Council At-Large Pos. #3
  PERSONAL
  Andrew C. Burks, Jr., is among today’s finest men and women to who
our city can feel confident in passing on the Baton of Leadership to
Houston City Councilmember At Large Position #3.  Andrew is a
native Houstonian, growing up in Third Ward. At an early age Andrew’s
parents instilled in him high moral fibers bringing him up in the church,
involving him in community activities such as the YMCA and the Red
Shield Boys Club. It was through these organizations that the mold was
made for the development of a well rounded leader.  Andrew is married
to Thyra L. Burks.  They have three children and four grandchildren.
Andrew has been a minister for 15 years and is the current Pastor at
Bailey Chapel C.M.E. Church.  He is also the President and CEO of
AM-PM Telephone Service, Inc., the first African American owned,
telephone interconnect company in Houston. By Andrew being a business
man and pastor you have a individual leader who is both compassionate
to the needs of Houstonians and is capable of understanding and aiding
our city in it’s daily operations.  These are his assets and our city
will greatly benefit with Andrew on council.
 
  EDUCATION
1957-1963
1963-1965
1965-1968
1968-1970
1975-1977
1980-1982
Edward L. Blackshear Elementary School, Houston, Texas
James David Ryan Junior High School, Houston, Texas
Jack Yates Senior High School, Houston, Texas
San Jacinto Junior College, Pasadena, Texas
Houston Community College, Houston, Texas
Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas
 
  EMPLOYMENT
1982-Present



1995-Present
1978-1982



1977-1978


1976-1977

1971-1976
President and CEO of AM-PM Telephone Service, Inc.
Commercial and Residential Telephone, Voice and Data, installation and
repair. Agent of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.  First African
American Telephone Interconnect Company in Houston.
Pastor of Bailey Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Small Business Installer, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company
Install telephones in business, residents, Burglar Alarms, Special Service,
Marine communications on US Navy Missile Carriers and Destroyers, Install
Hot Lines and Explosion Proof Telephones
Ramp Agent, Southwest Airlines
Service aircraft, Communicate with Flights on amenities needed upon arrival and
departure, load and unload baggage, “Bring In” and “Push Back” aircraft
Service Technician, General Electric Corporation
Serviced full line of GE electronic products.
Communication Installer , Western Electric Company of AT&T
Installer of Central Office Equipment. Installing ESS, #5 Crossbar, Cosmic
Frames, TSPS, Toll and Micro Wave Communications, Required traveling all over
the country
 
  Political History
   At Present 2001 Candidate for Houston City Council At Large 
     Position #3 (Open Seat due to Term Limits)
   1999 Candidate for Houston City Council At Large Position #3
     (Campaigned full season, raised $11,000, received 85,000 votes Vs
     Orlando Sanchez spending $250,000 and receiving 95,000 votes).
   1997 Candidate for Houston City Council At Large Position #3
     (Campaigned 6 weeks raised only $6,000.00 received 95,000 votes Vs,
     Orlando Sanchez spending $250,000 and receiving 105,000 votes).
   1995 Candidate for Houston City Council District “E”
     (Made it to the Run-off against Rob Todd)
   1994 Candidate for US House of Representative District #29
 
  Activities and Organizations
   President of the 276 Community Club, Inc. (A Civic Club in Southeast
     Houston)
   Member of the Martin Luther King Association of Civic Clubs
   Member of the Palm Center Association of Civic Clubs
   Member of the Houston District Ministerial Alliance of the C.M.E.
     Church
   Member of the Mayor’ s Ministerial Advisory Board
   Executive Director of “Wise Up” (A Non- Profit Agency that purposeis to
     prevent children from getting involved in crime and caught up in the judicial
     system).
   Non Member but participates with the Board of Directors at the
     Julius C.Hester House
   Member of the Southeast PIP’s (Positive Interaction Prevention)Southeast
     Command Station of HPD
   Member of the Southeast Coalition of Civic Clubs
   Steering Committee Member of the Harris County Democratic Party
   Member of Montrose Area Democrats
   Member of the Houston Black American Democrats
   Member of the Southeast Super Neighborhoods
   Member of the Southeast Coalition of Civic Clubs


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