Gordon Burns, Undersecretary for Environmental Protection

Gordon Burns, Undersecretary for Environmental ProtectionBiography

Gordon Burns was appointed Undersecretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in December 2011. Prior to his appointment, Gordon spent most of his career as an attorney in the California Attorney General’s Office, where he focused on complex natural resources cases, writs, and appellate practice. From 1999 to 2006, he was a Deputy Attorney General in the Land Law Section, representing clients in cases involving regulatory takings, the California Environmental Quality Act, the restoration of the Lower Owens River, and the CALFED Bay-Delta Program.  Beginning in 2006, he served as Deputy Solicitor General, supervising all of the State’s civil cases in the Supreme Court. From 2010 until his appointment as Undersecretary, Gordon was an attorney at the Resources Law Group, where he led the firm’s climate change, land use, and transportation program.

Gordon holds a degree in history from the University of California Los Angeles and a law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

Gordon lives in Davis, California, with his wife and four children.

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