Mr. Burnam served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1992 through 2016 as a delegate from the Fort Worth area. He had a seat on the Energy Resource Committee, as well as the Environmental Regulation and Public Safety Committee. He was a strong advocate for conservation in the House, introducing and co-sponsoring numerous bills related to energy conservation, air quality, water protection, and civic engagement. Prior to holding elective office, he worked for Texas Citizen Action and the Dallas Peace Center. Mr. Burnam has also volunteered with a number of non-profit public-interest groups, such as Public Citizen, Texas Campaign for the Environment, Preservation Dallas and the Tarrant County Historical Society.