Cordelia Lewis Burks serves as Vice Chairwoman of the Indiana Democratic Party a Committee Woman of the National Democratic Committee and its Executive Committee representing the Midwestern States, she is a member and the former Secretary of the Association of State Democratic Chairs. She recently retired after serving sixteen years as the Director of Politics and Legislation in Indiana for the American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees International Union. Mrs. Burks has traveled nationally working in political campaigns, elected officials nationwide at all levels recognizes her influence. Her life is defined by her advocacy in the political process. She believes the only day in the year that all people are equal is on Election Day when each of us who is registered can cast one vote.
She was the first Indiana “Super Delegate”, for then Senator Barack Obama, having been assigned to work in Chicago in his Senatorial Campaign, A precinct committee woman for over forty years, Cordelia is proud of her role as an Indiana Presidential Elector for Barack Obama, as well as her role organizing over three thousand Indiana” Women for Obama” in the 2008 campaign.
She continues to serve her community as a member of several Boards of organizations within the city, that of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Near North Development Corporation and the Crown Hill Cemetery Heritage Foundation.
Cordelia’s political activities include treasurer of Senator Joe Donnelly’s re-election campaign and the chairwomen of the recent Joe Hogsett campaign for Mayor.
Her contributions to numerous organizations and causes are nationally recognized, she is the recipient of many awards including the Indiana Minority Business Magazine’s Rosa Parks Trailblazer of Diversity Award for her political, labor, government and community advocacy. The Indiana Federation of Democratic Women’s Leadership Award. She is also the recipient of Indiana’s highest honor, the Sagamore of the Wabash. Recently she was acknowledged by the Association of State Democratic Chairs with its Inaugural Geneva Jones Service and Leadership Award.
Lewis-Burks is a widow, the mother of son David, a daughter, Dawn the grandmother of five and great grandmother of nine.