About Burgess Owens


Burgess Owens is the Congressman from Utah’s Fourth Congressional District. Raised in the segregated South, he saw people of all backgrounds come together to work tirelessly against adversity.

As a young man, Burgess was one of the first four black athletes recruited to play football at the University of Miami and the third black student there to receive a scholarship, ultimately earning BS in biology and chemistry. He was the 13th pick in the first round of the 1973 NFL draft and joined the New York Jets, later playing safety for ten seasons in the NFL for the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders, winning the Superbowl with the 1980 Raiders’ team.

After retiring from the NFL, Burgess worked in the corporate sales world and eventually moved the Owens family to beautiful Utah. Before being elected to Congress, he started Second Chance 4 Youth, a non-profit dedicated to helping troubled and incarcerated youth.

Burgess now serves as a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Burgess believes in dreaming big and follows the four guiding principles of faith, family, free markets, and education.

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House Committee on Education and the Workforce

  • Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, Chairman
  • Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

  • Subcommittee on Aviation
  • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
  • Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment


  • Congressional Sickle Cell Caucus, Co-Chair
  • Freedom From Big Tech Caucus, Vice Chair
  • Congressional Taiwan Caucus
  • Congressional Apprenticeship Caucus
  • Congressional Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus
  • House Republican Study Committee
  • Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus
  • Friends of Job Corps Congressional Caucus
  • House Republican Future of American Freedoms Task Force
  • Conservative Climate Caucus
  • Congressional Direct Selling Caucus
  • Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus
  • Congressional Western Caucus
  • Public School Caucus
  • House Republican Conference
  • Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus