Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess was first elected in 2007 and re-elected with 83% of the vote in November 2011. After leading the Council's Public Safety and Education Committee during his first term, Councilmember Burgess now chairs the Council's Government Performance and Finance Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee. He also chairs the City's Retirement System Board and is Co-Chair of the Family and Education Levy Oversight Committee. A Seattle native, Councilmember Burgess has been involved in local community and government matters for the past 45 years. He brings a diversity of experience to the City Council, having worked as a journalist, Seattle police officer and detective, global anti-poverty worker and small business owner. He chaired his neighborhood community council and served 12 years on the City's Ethics and Elections Commission. These life experiences have helped to shape Councilmember Burgess' world view and have convinced him of the power of people to create positive change.