Burton Leland – District 6

Born and raised in the city of Detroit, Burton Leland is a graduate of Mumford High School.  In 1971, he was awarded his business degree from Wayne State University.  In 1977, he earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan. 

Burton, a Democrat, was first elected to the state Legislature in 1980.  He served for 16 years in the state House representing Northwest Detroit and working diligently on behalf of the children and families in his district and in the region. He wrote the “Lemon Law” that protects automobile consumers and initiated the tire-recycling bill that established penalties for those who dump tires in our neighborhoods.

He served in the state Senate from 1998 to 2006.  While there, he passed legislation to deal with the predatory mortgage brokers. In 2006, Burton was elected to the Wayne County Commission. He was re-elected in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Burton sponsors the activities of the community groups and neighborhood cleanup efforts in his district using the dollars that would have historically been spent on campaign lawn signs.  During his county tenure, he has been responsible for cutting down weeds, removing garbage and mowing the grass at 231 abandoned homes, 88 vacant lots, 26 parks and playgrounds and 23 abandoned businesses.

In addition to chairing the Commission’s Committee on Government Operations, Commissioner Leland is assigned to the Committee on Ways and Means, Committee on Economic Development and the Special Committee on Rules.

Burton and his wife, Rosanne, have been married for more than 40 years. They have two grown sons. Zachary and his wife live in California and made Burton a grandfather for the first time in 2016. Gabe was elected to the Detroit City Council in 2013 after serving in the state Legislature for six years. Burton and Rosanne are very proud parents and grandparents. 

Representing: Detroit (part)
Staff: Jennifer White and Karen Potter-White.
Fax: (313) 967-1239

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News & Events

Commissioner Burton Leland's summer 2016 newsletter

Friday, July 01, 2016 - Commission
Commissioner Burton Leland serves the 6th District, which covers northwest Detroit.
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Commissioner Burton Leland's spring 2016 newsletter

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - Commission
Commissioner Burton Leland serves the 6th District, which covers northwest Detroit.
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Commissioner Burton Leland's summer 2015 newsletter

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - Commission
Commissioner Burton Leland serves the 6th District, which covers northwest Detroit.
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District 6 November mailing

Friday, November 21, 2014 -
The election cycle is finally over
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District 6 Autumn mailing

Thursday, September 04, 2014 -
This has been a year we won't forget…
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District 6 August mailing

Thursday, August 01, 2013 - Commission District 6
We have truly enjoyed a wonderful summer so far. We have had enough rain to cut back on watering and our gardens are flourishing.
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District 6 August Mailing

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - Commission District 6
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District 6 May mailing

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - Commission District 6
I think the cold weather is finally behind us. Our flowers and vegetables can be safely planted and most of us have already mowed the lawn a couple times
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District 6 April mailing

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - Commission District 6
I think it is finally safe to say that spring is here. It is time to think about planting some flowers or some vegetables and getting outside to reconnect with our neighbors.
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District 6 February mailing

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - Commission District 6
This year, we have been reminded that Michigan’s weather can be challenging, changing and even dangerous. We have gone from 17 deg rees one day to 49 the next and back to the snowy deep freeze two days later.
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District 6 Spring newsletter

Wednesday, March 06, 2013 - Commission District 6
This newsletter is filled with information concerning helpful programs that are available to make our lives a little easier.
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Burton Leland
District 6 Commissioner
(313) 224-0884

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