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Michael Burns

Contact Information
1201 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
Main: 916-448-2162
Fax: 916-448-4923
E-Mail: mburns@ka-pow.com

Professional Experience

Michael Burns is a partner in KP Public Affairs. He joined the firm in January of 2003.

Mr. Burns' practice involves all aspects of public affairs consulting in both the KP Advocacy and KP Public Relations divisions. He is a registered lobbyist, working for a variety of clients on public policy issues before the legislature and state government. Mr. Burns' legislative experience includes serving as Chief Consultant and as Chief of Staff to the Majority Leader of the California State Senate. During his service in the legislature, Mr. Burns was involved in several major revisions of state law, including interstate banking, victims' rights and regulatory reform.

Mr. Burns also served as head of Burson-Marsteller's Public Affairs practice in Southern California and Chicago. During his tenure with Burson-Marsteller, Mr. Burns managed an international campaign to secure approval for a new wireless standard, developed and patented by a U.S. company. Additionally, he served as the leader of Burson-Marsteller's utility practice, representing investor owned utilities throughout the country.

Mr. Burns also headed the strategic planning and corporate consulting divisions of an entertainment company involved in talent management and film and television production.

Mr. Burns' clients include Western States Petroleum Association, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, and NBC/Universal.


University of California, Santa Barbara, 1978.

Professional Memberships and Activities

Mr. Burns serves on the Board of the California Summer School of the Arts.

Mr. Burns is married and the father of three children. He and his wife are active in fundraising for local schools and organizations.