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Biography

Elected: 2002, 6th term.

Born: January 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.

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.

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.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-6465

(202) 225-6754

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2239
Washington, DC 20515-3510

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-6465

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RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2239
Washington, DC 20515-3510

DISTRICT OFFICE

(937) 225-2843

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120 West Third Street Suite 305
Dayton, OH 45402-1819

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Dayton, OH 45402-1819

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(937) 222-7749

5815 Stone Lake Drive
Dayton, OH 45429-6064

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

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Dayton, OH 45429-6064

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Abortion

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Environment

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Foreign

Morley Greene
Military Legislative Assistant

Govt Ops

Andrew Sigmon
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Gun Issues

Andrew Sigmon
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Health

Andrew Sigmon
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Homeland Security

Morley Greene
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Human Rights

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Immigration

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Trade

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Transportation

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Veterans

Morley Greene
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Women

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Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Mike Turner
Votes: 208,201
Percent: 59.54%
Sharen Neuhardt
Votes: 131,097
Percent: 37.49%
2012 PRIMARY
Mike Turner
Votes: 65,574
Percent: 80.12%
John Anderson
Votes: 14,435
Percent: 17.64%
2010 GENERAL
Mike Turner
Votes: 152,629
Percent: 68.11%
Joe Roberts
Votes: 71,455
Percent: 31.89%
2010 PRIMARY
Mike Turner
Votes: 50,317
Percent: 85.89%
Rene Oberer
Votes: 8,267
Percent: 14.11%
2008 GENERAL
Mike Turner
Votes: 200,204
Percent: 63.32%
Jane Mitakides
Votes: 115,976
Percent: 36.68%
2008 PRIMARY
Mike Turner
Votes: 61,915
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (68%), 2008 (63%), 2006 (59%), 2004 (62%), 2002 (59%)

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