(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chambers, and Delegates Anderson, Ashley,Azinger, Beane, Border and Kime)

H.C.R. 2--"Commemorating the passing of Robert William Burk, Jr., Republican Leader of the West Virginia House of Delegates."

On Sunday the 20th day of November, 1994, the City of Parkersburg, the County of Wood, the State of West Virginia and the West Virginia Legislature suffered the untimely loss of an outstanding public servant with the passing of the Honorable Robert William Burk, Jr.

Robert W. Burk, Jr., was born on December 16, 1939, in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the son of Robert W. and Evelyn Simonton Burk. Bob grew up in Parkersburg and was a graduate of Parkersburg High School. He was also a graduate of Duke University and the West Virginia University College of Law.
After graduating from law school, Bob returned to Parkersburg and joined his father in a successful law practice.

Bob Burk was a special individual who had a great desire to help others. His compassion and concern for the welfare of the citizens of Wood County and West Virginia inspired him to run for public office in 1966. That year, at the ripe old age of 26, he was elected to the House of Delegates. He was reelected in 1968 and in 1969 he was appointed to the West Virginia Senate. After the unexpected death of his father in 1970, Bob put his political career on hold and devoted his time and energy to the practice of law.

Bob's willingness to serve and his dedication to the people of his district and his state never waned and he was more thanhappy to answer the call when he was appointed to the House of Delegates in January, 1986. He was then elected to the House in 1986 and reelected to four consecutive terms. In 1988, Bob was elected as the House Republican Leader. Affectionately known to his Republican colleagues as "Boss Burk", he was reelected to that position in 1990 and 1992.

Bob Burk truly loved the Legislature and the legislative process. He never chastised or criticized a legislator for an opposing position, and he was willing to work with any member regardless of political affiliation to find solutions to the problems confronting our state. A "statesman" is defined as "one who exercises political leadership wisely without narrow partisanship". Bob Burk was a statesman. Always considerate, often sentimental and ever mindful of the needs of others, Bob Burk was respected and liked by everyone.

In addition to his public service, Bob was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church. He also dedicated much time to various causes and was a member of numerous civic, social and public service organizations, including the Parkersburg Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley, the Wood County Recreation Commission and the Wood County Bar Association. He was a member BPOE 198 and served on the Advisory Board of SW Resources, the board of directors of Commercial Bank, as chairman of the Parkersburg Community Foundation and on the board of the Parkersburg Boys Club.

While Bob Burk accomplished much in his life, he was most proud of his three sons, Dr. Robert W. "Robin" Burk, III of Birmingham, Alabama, Christopher Barrett Burk of Orlando, Florida, and Eric Leighton Burk of Morgantown, West Virginia. Perhaps his greatest regret would have been that he died just a few weeks before the birth of his first grandchild, Robert William Burk, IV.

Through his years of public service Bob Burk touched and enriched many lives, and those who had the opportunity to know and work with him were truly fortunate. He devoted many hours to serving his constituents, his district, his state and its citizens and it is most fitting that we honor his memory; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That deepest regret and sorrow are hereby expressed by the members of this body at the passing of Robert W. Burk, Jr., leader, statesman and friend; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates be hereby directed to forward copies of this resolution to the members of his family.