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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-6465

Address: 2239 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (937) 225-2843

Address: 120 West Third Street, Dayton OH 45402-1819

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Mike Turner Biography
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  • Elected: 2002, 6th term.
  • District: Ohio 10
  • Born: Jan. 11, 1960, Dayton
  • Home: Dayton
  • Education:

    OH N. U., B.A. 1982, Case Western Reserve U., J.D. 1985, U. of Dayton, M.B.A. 1992

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty.

  • Political Career:

    Dayton mayor, 1993-2001.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Protestant

  • Family: Separated; 2 children

Mike Turner, a Republican first elected in 2002, is a former Dayton mayor who has shown a stronger interest in urban issues than most House Republicans. He takes more of a party-line approach on defense, an area in which his influence has steadily increased. Read More

Mike Turner, a Republican first elected in 2002, is a former Dayton mayor who has shown a stronger interest in urban issues than most House Republicans. He takes more of a party-line approach on defense, an area in which his influence has steadily increased.

Turner grew up in Dayton, where his father worked for 42 years for General Motors. He graduated from Ohio Northern University, Case Western law school, and the University of Dayton business school and became a corporate lawyer. In 1993, at age 33, he narrowly defeated a scandal-tainted Democratic incumbent to win the first of two terms as Dayton mayor. He narrowly lost a bid for reelection in 2001.

Ohio and national Republican leaders recruited him to challenge 3rd District Democratic Rep. Tony Hall, who had served 12 terms but was vulnerable after post-2000 census redistricting made his turf considerably more Republican. In early 2002, Turner announced he was running for Congress, the same day the Ohio Legislature passed their redistricting plan. A week later, President George W. Bush nominated Hall as ambassador to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.

In the Republican primary, Turner had fierce opposition from newspaper publisher Roy Brown, grandson and son of former U.S. Reps. Clarence Brown and Clarence Brown Jr., who had represented the neighboring 7th District from 1938 to 1982. Brown spent $1.3 million of his own money, largely on ads attacking Turner’s record on taxes and lambasting him for being insufficiently conservative. Brown owned 10 newspapers in the 3rd District, and Turner contended that Brown’s campaign guided his newspapers’ coverage of the race. Then, a few days before the primary, the Ohio Election Commission ruled that Brown violated state law with false statements in a televised ad. Voters evidently took the same view. Turner beat Brown 80%-14%.

The general election was comparatively sedate. The Democratic nominee was Rick Carne, Hall’s chief of staff. He had little support from the national party but he raised nearly $600,000, with help from a local appearance by Dayton native Martin Sheen, who played President Bartlet on popular The West Wing television series. Turner won 59%-41%.

In the House, Turner has been generally supportive of his party but is one of the more moderate members of the Ohio delegation. In the 112th Congress (2011-12), he opposed conservative efforts to sharply cut science funding and to eliminate such agencies as the Legal Services Corp. and the National Endowment for the Arts.

In 2013, he became chairman of the Armed Services Committee’s Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, enabling him to protect Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Lima Army Tank Plant against defense cuts. He has worked to make Dayton into a center for unmanned aerial vehicle research and testing, and he has been strongly critical of the Obama administration’s funding cuts for missile defense. After North Korea in February 2013 released a video showing the destruction of a city that resembled New York, Turner accused the administration of being in a “dream-like trance” in ignoring the threat from Pyongyang. He also has chaired the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Parliamentary Assembly, the inter-parliamentary organization of legislators from the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance.

Turner and Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass., created the bipartisan Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus in 2012. Turner also earlier collaborated with Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., to review the military’s handling of sexual assault charges. He has tried for years to get Congress to pass a law aimed at protecting service members from losing custody of their children because of military deployments; the measure passed the House and stalled in the Senate.

Turner also formed a caucus of former mayors serving in Congress to focus on urban issues. He has worked on House-passed legislation to accelerate the cleanup of polluted brownfields by making it easier for communities to apply for federal grants. He also promoted the kind of public-private partnerships that he used for economic development in Dayton. In March 2009, Turner was one of only seven House Republicans to support a bill that would give bankruptcy judges the power to restructure the terms of home mortgages. Then-Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the bill “just the worst idea in the world.”

In the 2008 election season, Ohio Democrats made an issue of the fact that Turner had not disclosed a five-year business relationship between his wife, Lori Turner, and home builder Tom Peebles, who had contributed to Turner’s campaign. Turner asked for a ruling from the House Ethics Committee, which concluded he did not have to disclose the relationship between Peebles and his wife. Turner won 63%-37%.

In 2010, he received an all-time best of 69% of the vote. He got 60% in 2012, when he spent much of his time as an aggressive attack dog for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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Mike Turner Election Results
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2012 General
Mike Turner (R)
Votes: 208,201
Percent: 59.54%
Sharen Neuhardt (D)
Votes: 131,097
Percent: 37.49%
David Harlow
Votes: 10,373
Percent: 2.97%
2012 Primary
Mike Turner (R)
Votes: 65,574
Percent: 80.12%
John Anderson
Votes: 14,435
Percent: 17.64%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (68%), 2008 (63%), 2006 (59%), 2004 (62%), 2002 (59%)
Mike Turner Votes and Bills
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Economic 51 (L) : 49 (C) 33 (L) : 64 (C) 41 (L) : 57 (C)
Social 48 (L) : 50 (C) 53 (L) : 46 (C) 49 (L) : 50 (C)
Foreign 34 (L) : 60 (C) 20 (L) : 73 (C) 41 (L) : 57 (C)
Composite 45.7 (L) : 54.3 (C) 37.2 (L) : 62.8 (C) 44.5 (L) : 55.5 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC90100
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ITIC-83
NTU7065
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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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