State Rep. LeAnne Burch on Wednesday announced her intention to seek re-election for Arkansas State Representative, District 9. The district includes portions of Drew and Ashley counties.

“It has been an immeasurable privilege to represent District 9 over the past three years, and I am grateful for the support, engagement and encouragement I continue to receive from my constituents,” Burch said in a news release announcing her candidacy. “The sacred honor and duty of public service drives me every day, and if re-elected, I pledge to continue to work hard for the best interests of everyone in District 9.”

During her service as state representative, Burch’s work on bipartisan issues improved healthcare options for Arkansans, secured highway funding for stronger transportation infrastructure, and supported increased opportunities for economic development. She prioritized support for our public schools, as well as supporting legislation focused on military veterans and their families. Burch also sponsored legislation to keep families safer by strengthening Arkansas’ DUI laws.

An attorney and retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, Burch put her experience to work serving as a member of the House Education Committee; the Aging, Children and Youth, Military and Legislative Affairs Committee; and the Joint Performance Review Committee. She also chairs the House Military Caucus and co-chairs the House Hunger Relief Caucus.

“I am passionate about serving District 9 because I am passionate about the people of southeast Arkansas,” said Burch. “We have a wealth of opportunity to embrace, from our thriving timber industry to our education and healthcare sectors supporting thousands of Drew and Ashley County residents. Working together, we can build upon it to ensure a thriving community today, tomorrow, and for our future generations.”

Burch completed her undergraduate studies at Hendrix College and earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the Memphis University School of Law. She received her LL.M. from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School and earned a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College.

During her 30-year military career, Burch served across the U.S., in Germany and was deployed to Bosnia and Afghanistan. Her awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. She is a member of the American Legion, the Arkansas Bar Association, PEO, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Master Gardeners of Drew County.

Burch lives in Monticello, where she and her late husband, Dr. Bobby Burch, raised two children. Her son, U.S. Army Captain Robert Henry Burch III is a physician currently stationed at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland (Ashley). Her daughter, Katelyn Busby is a practicing attorney in Monticello (William). Burch is a proud grandmother and an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Monticello.