Jon W. Burton

Managing Director, State Government Affairs, RELX, Inc.

1987, 1991
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (ABJ), Juris Doctor (JD)

Jon Burton is Managing Director of State Government Affairs with RELX, Inc., the parent company of LexisNexis, where he leads a team of six government relations professionals and manages state legislative, regulatory and government procurement activities across the U.S.


ABJ 1987
JD 1991

Most Memorable SPIA Class Moment?

All my classes with Dr. Bullock – super challenging, infinitely interesting.

My Top Three Career Tips

Get to know anyone and everyone in your school/work/profession – they will be the ones that hire you and/or refer you job opportunities.

Be willing to do the dirty work – it will set you apart.

Life is shorter than you think right now – one minute is too long to stay in a job where you are miserable.

Volunteer Activities / Service on Boards

National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) Foundation Board of Directors; Council of State Governments (CSG) 21st Century Foundation Board of Trustees; State Government Affairs Council (SGAC), Executive Committee, Board of Directors; Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Cornerstone Board of Director; Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), Government Relations Task Force; Georgia First Amendment Foundation (GFAF), Board of Directors.

Favorite Athens Haunt & Getaway
The original Boar’s Head Lounge at the old Downtowner Motel in Five Points. A no nonsense establishment where a lot of nonsense occurred!