• In Memoriam: George Burke

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    Our Chairman, George Burke passed away on October 30, 2015. He was an inspiration to many within the Party and will be missed. The 11th CD Democrats passed this resolution commemorating his life. It has also been ratified by the Democratic Committees of Fairfax County, Fairfax City, Prince William County, and the 8th Congressional District. On December 5, 2015 it was adopted by the Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia.

    Memorial Resolution Commemorating the Life of George Burke

    WHEREAS George Burke’s inspiring and passionate leadership of the 11th Congressional Democratic Committee of Virginia, and his energetic mentoring of many Democrats and Democratic candidates ended October 30, 2015 with his death; and

    WHEREAS George ably served as the Communications Director for United States Representative Gerry Connolly, as well as friend and political advisor, for more than three Congressional terms; and

    WHEREAS, George Burke was born in the Bronx, New York in 1951 and attended the University of New Hampshire, where he met his wife, Sharon, whom he married in 1973;

    WHEREAS, George began his journalism career doing freelance work as both a writer and photographer for the Associated Press, Newsweek, Discover and Yankee Magazine; in 1974 he was hired by Foster’s Daily Democrat, where he worked for more than five years, becoming State Editor and Exeter Bureau Chief. During this time, he won numerous awards including “Best News and Story of 1978” from the New England Press Association; and

    WHEREAS, in 1979 George relocated to Northern Virginia to accept a position with Congressman Norman D’Amours (D-NH) as his Communications Director, and later at the same post for Congressman James H. Scheuer (D-NY) from 1985-1987. During this time he served three terms as President of the Association of House Democratic Press Secretaries, and was a Press Officer for the Democratic Conventions in 1980 and 1988;

    WHEREAS, George Burke left Capitol Hill to become the Director for the Department of Public Relations and Communication for the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), a union representing more than 300,000 professional firefighters and, in 2000, he was promoted to assistant to the general president for communications and media under then President Alfred K. Whitehead, and held this position until his retirement from the IAFF in 2004; and

    WHEREAS, in the days and weeks following the September 11 terrorist attacks, George Burke worked with national media on the IAFF’s response to the 9/11 disaster and continued to be a tireless advocate for our first responders throughout his life; and

    WHEREAS, George Burke was elected Chair of the 11th District Democratic Committee in 2005, and also served as an advisor to numerous campaigns throughout Northern Virginia; and

    WHEREAS, George Burke ceaselessly sought to broaden the Democratic Party by encouraging fair representation of diverse interests in the Democratic Party of Virginia;

    WHEREAS George Burke hosted a local political TV program, “Inside Scoop,” interviewing local politicians exploring the issues, which aired on Fairfax Public Access

    WHEREAS, George was a gifted man of many talents, who spent 31 years as a professional ski instructor at Liberty Mountain; he was a spellbinding storyteller and an incisive wit, and he lived his life with gusto; and

    WHEREAS George Burke was a man of honor who served his Party, his principles and his country to the utmost of his considerable ability; now

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Party of Virginia honors George Burke for his contributions to the Democratic Party and offers its condolences to his family; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be presented to the beloved center of George Burke’s life: his wife Sharon, and children Ian, Caitlin and Sean.

    Submitted by Janet Carver on behalf of the 11th District Democratic Committee. co-sponsored by the 8th District Democratic Committee, and the Fairfax County Democratic Committee.


    You can read other tributes to George from The Hill and Federal News Radio.

    We will post memorial information when plans are finalized.

  • 3rd Annual Halfway to St Patrick’s Day Happy Hour Fundraiser!

     Virginia’s 11th District Democrats invite you to our third annual

    Halfway to St Patrick’s Day Happy Hour Fundraiser

    with special guest

    Congressman Gerry Connolly

    Come have a bite and a drink with your fellow Democrats, mingle with elected officials, and help support our work to elect Democrats up and down the ticket.

    Sunday, September 13, 2015, 3:00 – 6:00pm
    The Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant – Cellar Venue
    3971 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

    Cost: $45 per person in advance; $55 at the door
    Other sponsorship levels available

    Reservations: Pay online at 11thdistrictdemocrats.org/halfway2stpats15 -OR- download registration form -OR- contact treasurer@11thdistrictdemocrats.org

    Join our Facebook Event and invite your friends!

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    Congressman Connolly is appearing as a special guest and will not be accepting contributions at this event.

  • 2nd Annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day / Happy Hour Fundraiser

    Half Way to St. PatsThe 11th Congressional District Democratic Committee invites you to our 2nd Annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day / Happy Hour Fundraiser. Funds raised will be used to assist with the re-election of our Congressman, as well as help our entire Democratic ticket.

    • DATE: Sunday, September 14, 2014
    • TIME: 4-7 pm
    • LOCATION: The Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant – Cellar Venue at 3971 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030; map, http://goo.gl/maps/fTTxa
    • COST: $25/person — tickets, click here
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  • 11th CD 2014 Annual Awards Brunch

    The Virginia 11th Congressional District Democratic Committee invites you to our Annual Awards Brunch honoring some good Democrats … Special Guests Congressman Gerry Connolly & Other Elected Leaders

    Sunday, June 8, 2014
    11:00 am – 1:00 pm

    $45/person ($50 at the door; other contribution levels appreciated)
    Tickets online, click here
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    Cooking and Company Restaurant (10579 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030; map, click here). Additional parking is available in the business lot next door on the left side (east) of the restaurant (used to be Vespucci’s).

    John Sturdivant Award, honoring a member of the labor community for his/her commitment to Democratic ideals and values – announced at the brunch.

    11th CD Community Service Awards, honoring three Democrats from the respective jurisdictions of the 11th Congressional District (Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and Prince William County) for community service:

    • The Joseph V. Gartlan Award, Fairfax County – Peg Kugler,
    • The Deloris Hampton Award, Prince William County – David Brickley, and
    • The Frederick W. Silverthorne Award, Fairfax City – Curt Chandler.

    Questions, more Info contact George Burke, Chair (chair@11thDistrictDemocrats.org).

    Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect the name, address, occupation & name of the employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. Contributions to the 11th CDDC are not deductible for federal or state income tax purposes. Individual and federal PAC contributions will be used in connection with federal congressional elections and are subject to the limitations and prohibitions of the Federal Election Campaign Act. Contributions from other donors & nonfederal PACs will be used for state and local elections.

    Paid for and Authorized by the 11th Congressional District Democratic Committee, George Burke, Chair

  • Call to the 2013 11th CD Democratic Convention

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    Pursuant to the authority provided by the Virginia Democratic Party Plan, the Eleventh Congressional District Democratic Committee (“District Committee”) hereby calls a Convention to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 2013, at the following location:

    Luther Jackson Middle School
    3020 Gallows Road
    Falls Church, VA 22042
    Registration shall start at 11:00 a.m. Continue Reading