As a State Representative and member of the House leadership team, Colleen Burton works to protect our conservative values. A wife, mother, grandmother, and community leader, Colleen understands the needs of Florida residents and knows how to work collaboratively to deliver results for our families. She is ready to take her experience and knowledge to the Florida Senate and continue to help improve the lives of all Floridians.
Prior to her time in the Florida House, Colleen served as the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, and Polk Vision. Colleen’s efforts improved the lives of at-risk youth, strengthened our commitment to arts and culture, and provided a roadmap for success for Polk County in areas such as jobs, infrastructure, education, government, quality of life, and civic engagement.
Additionally, Colleen is deeply involved in numerous community organizations. She served as president of the Lakeland Republican Women’s Club. She also has served on multiple boards, including the Catholic Charities of Central Florida West Central Advisory Board, the United Way of Central Florida Community Impact Cabinet, the Central Florida Development Council Board of Directors, and the Polk County Workforce Development Board. Colleen currently serves on the Board of Directors for Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE).
Married in 1980, Colleen and her husband, Brad, have three children and two grandchildren. They have resided in Lakeland since 1993 and are active members at Resurrection Catholic Church. Colleen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Sacramento.