Republican North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr released the following statement on Wednesday, Jan. 6 after the violence at the Capitol but before Congress had completed the certification of the electoral votes early in the morning of Thursday, Jan. 7 and confirmed that Joe Biden won the presidential election, making him President-elect Joe Biden.

Burr stated: “For nearly 250 years, our nation’s commitment to the peaceful transition of power has been the shining hallmark of our democracy. Today, America’s core principles were threatened by those seeking to forcibly stop our electoral process and overturn the results of a presidential election with which they disagreed. 

 “Let me be clear: these actions are not a defense of this country, but an attack on it.

 “I supported President Trump’s legal right to contest the election results through the courts, but the courts have now unanimously and overwhelmingly rejected these suits. No evidence of voter fraud has emerged that would warrant overturning the 2020 election. The President bears responsibility for today’s events by promoting the unfounded conspiracy theories that have led to this point. It is past time to accept the will of American voters and to allow our nation to move forward. 

“Congress will uphold its constitutional duty and certify the results of the election.”

Burr is currently serving his third and what he has announced will be his last term as senator.  Before being elected to the Senate in 2004, Burr represented North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District in Congress from 1994 to 2004, so he has been in Congress for 26 years.

Burr’s current term in the Senate ends in 2022 and former 6th District Congressman Mark Walker has announced he is running for that seat.