Oklahoma Southeastern State College (Bachelor of Science, 1971). University of Oklahoma (Juris Doctor, 1974). Phi Delta Phi; Order of the Coif.
Editor, Oklahoma Law Review, 1973-1974.
He received a Bachelor of Surgery from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1971, and a Juris Doctor from University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1974. He was in private practice at the Stamper and Burrage law firm in Antlers, Oklahoma from 1974 to 1994, and returned to private practice in 2001. Burrage was a federal judge for all three of the United States District Courts—Western, Northern, and Eastern—in Oklahoma.
He was nominated by President Bill Clinton on March 9, 1994, to the seats vacated by H. Dale Cook.
He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 8, 1994, and received his commissions on June 9, 1994. Burrage became the Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Oklahoma in 1996.
In 2008, Burrage became a Managing Partner in a second law firm, which was refounded as the Whitten Burrage Law Firm. Burrage"s brother Steve is a former Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector.
Pushmataha County, Oklahoma (President, since 1990. Member, Board of Governors, 1983-1987), Southeastern Oklahoma and American Bar Associations. Fellow, Oklahoma Bar Foundation.