(San Diego, Calif.) – Malin and Roberta Burnham have endorsed Phil Graham for State Assembly. Burnham, one of San Diego’s most influential civic leaders, earned the nickname “Mr. San Diego” for his leadership in the city and region.
“I have known and worked with Phil Graham for many years,” said Burnham. “He is level-headed and thoughtful, and his common-sense is exactly what is needed in Sacramento today.”
In 1996, the Burnhams got deeply involved in the La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation, which was renamed the Burnham Institute, and helped make the organization one of the leading medical research facilities in the world. For more than four and a half years, Graham worked at the now-Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Medical Discovery Institute with facilities in La Jolla and Orlando, Florida.
“Life sciences is a critical part of the economic growth of our region and we need legislators in the capital who understand what needs to happen to foster that growth,” said Burnham. “Phil understands the importance of these institutes and companies and the challenges they face to remain here in San Diego.”
“Malin and Roberta Burnham are unparalleled in their impact on our region,” said Graham. “Their involvement in establishing San Diego as the jewel of California is known throughout the region and their philanthropy, and their interest in improving the lives of others, has established San Diego as the premiere life sciences cluster in the world. I am grateful for their support and friendship.”