Jerry Roderick Burton was born in Anniston, Alabama on March 23, 1962 to Martha Alyce Burton. Jerry is the 11th child out of 14 siblings. After Jerry graduated from Anniston High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and shipped off to Parris Island, South Carolina. During his time in the Marines, Jerry was stationed in places as diverse as Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, San Diego, California and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. At Gitmo, Jerry was stationed in the Windward Barracks of A Few Good Men fame, but ask him about his stint maintaining artillery just downwind from the Communist Cubans, and he’ll most want to talk about his achievements in the Guantanamo intramural basketball and track leagues.
Jerry took on his calling to serve the homeless because he believes it is what Elohim has destined him to do. He also believes that people experiencing homelessness need a voice and he is that voice. Being an advocate has given him the opportunity to know the issues the homeless face. He believes that we must educate ourselves about the basics, and we must put a face on homelessness by spending time in shelters talking with people experiencing homelessness first hand.
Jerry is a strategist; he always goes in with Elohim on his side and with right on his side because he believes in getting the job done. His philosophy is, “when you have faith and hope you will always win.” He wants to leave the world in a better place, where everyone can recognize and respect each other.
Jerry Burton is a man for the people who has a desire for ordinary people; his belief is that people have a right to survive and to protect and defend themselves where they live.
In 2019, Jerry successfully persuaded a judge to rule the City of Denver’s camping ban to be illegal.
Burton is now running for Colorado State Senate, District 33 (which stretches from the heart of the City of Denver through the Green Valley Ranch area to Denver International Airport).