Colm Burke was elected to Seanad Eireann on the Industrial and Commerical Panel in April 2011. He is the Fine Gael Seanad Spokesman on Health.
Colm was a member of the European Parliament for the Ireland South constituency between 2007 and 2009.
He was a member of Cork City Council from 1995-2007 and was Lord Mayor of Cork in 2003-2004.
Colm is a native of Dripsey in Mid Cork, educated in De La Salle College Macroom and University College Cork, qualifying as a solicitor in 1982.
He has been involved in many community organisations, including Foroige and Macra na Feirme, served as Chairman of Blackpool Community Centre and Blackpool/Glen/Farranree Training Centre. He has also served as a Director of the Port of Cork, Cork Urban Enterprises Ltd, the National Sculpture Factory and Cork City Urban Ltd. He was a member of the National Executive of Young Fine Gael (1978-1982), serving as National Chairperson (1980-1981). He also served on the Fine Gael National Executive (1981-1982).
Senator Burke has been involved in the publishing of two private members bills; the Civil Law (Missing Persons) Bill 2013 and the Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 2012. The Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 2014 has since been published by the Minister for Health.