Kenneth Burt

Kenneth C. Burt is the political director of the California Federation of Teachers and a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. Burt helped diversify the California State Legislature and was the architect of the successful 2010 voter initiative that made it easier to pass a state budget by requiring a majority vote instead of two-thirds. Burt is the author of The Search for a Civic Voice: California Latino Politics, with a foreword by Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (2007). He is currently researching the role of Hispanics in national politics during the 1930s and 1940s. He has chapters in five anthologies, and he served as the on-air academic for a PBS documentary on Latino veterans, “Realidades: Los Soldados Americanos,” in 2002. He writes periodically for Hispanic Link News Service. Burt, who worked for the United Farm Workers prior to attending Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, can be reached through his Web site, which includes a blog, at

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