From canvassing San Francisco voter precincts in the 1950s to leading the California Democratic Party today, few Golden State politicos have been in the trenches longer than John Burton. The 81-year-old Burton has served in the Assembly, Congress, conquered substance abuse, and led the state Senate. Heading into the fall campaign season, Burton's focus will be to maintain Democrats' supermajorities in the Legislature and expand the party's congressional delegation.
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