City Council member Joel Burns, who made national news in 2010 with an anti-bullying speech, announced his resignation at tonight’s meeting.
Burns is Fort Worth’s first openly gay city council member. He’s served for seven years.
In July, Burns is attending an 11-month masters program in public administration at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
School bullies best avoid Burns or he’ll give an eloquent tear-filled speech and go all viral on their asses. (Does Harvard have school bullies? If so they’re probably really smart.)
Burns said he’ll stay on the city council until his successor is elected.
“It is an amazing honor and incredible opportunity I never thought possible,” he said. “And I was excited to accept Harvard’s invitation last week. But it’s a bittersweet moment, because participating in this program means choosing to step out of my seat here on the city council and say goodbye to a life-changing experience I never could have imagined when I was first elected in 2007.”