Terri Burns, director of policy and legislation at the State Board of Education, is retiring Dec. 21 after 36 years working in the Capitol community. Burns was a legislative consultant from 1982-1999 for then-Senators Omer Rains, Alan Robbins and Pro Tem David Roberti; and Sens. Bill Lockyer and Quentin Kopp. She left the Capitol to become Deputy Superintendent for Government Affairs under Sups. of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin and Jack O'Connell for six years. After that, she began lobbying for Birdsall & Associates, School Innovations & Advocacy and the California School Board Assn before returning to the Dept. of Education this year. Burns was also a long-time public school trustee in the Natomas area, having served on the Board that now oversees the Natomas Unified School District since 1985. She lost her re-election bid this year. She says her post-retirement plans are "riding my horse, working on my house and traveling. Her farewell gathering was held at Downtown & Vine on Dec. 13th.