ENG: Michael R. "Mike" Turner (born January 11, 1960) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 10th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party.
The district covers most of the city of Dayton.
Early life, education and career
Turner, a non-denominational Protestant Christian, was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1960 to Vivian and Ray Turner. His mother was a teacher in the Wayne School system in Huber Heights and his father worked as a member of IUE Local 801 for 42 years after serving in the military. Turner was raised in East Dayton and has one sister.
Turner graduated from Belmont High School in 1978 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the Ohio Northern University in 1982, a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University in 1985, and an MBA from the University of Dayton in 1992.
He practiced law with local firms and businesses in the Dayton area before entering politics. He also practiced law during the brief time between his service as Mayor of Dayton and as a Member of Congress.
Mayor of Dayton
Turner was elected Mayor of Dayton, Ohio in 1993, narrowly defeating incumbent Mayor Richard Clay Dixon. Prior to Mayor-Elect Turner taking office, the city suffered a number of economic setbacks. Upon taking office, Turner focused on attracting business to the city and on redeveloping vacant and underutilized real estate packages known as brownfields.
During Turner’s time as mayor of Dayton, the city reached an agreement to construct a baseball stadium for a class A minor league team affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds, known as the Dayton Dragons. Since its construction, Fifth Third Field stadium has been a linchpin of economic development in Downtown Dayton and has provided millions in revenue for the area.
The Schuster Center is a performing arts center located at the corner of Second and Main Streets in downtown Dayton, Ohio.
The Center has served as a forum for the Victoria Theatre’s Broadway Series, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dayton Ballet and also as a speaking location for visiting political leaders like former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Turner was the mayor of Dayton, during the planning and construction of the center and facilitated discussions with key leaders from the project’s conception to its completion.
Turner also started a program called “Rehabarama” that attracted professionals to historic properties inside the city. Mayor Turner also welcomed diplomats and leaders from all over the world to the region as part of the Dayton Peace Accords. He was reelected in 1997 over Democratic City Commissioner Tony Capizzi and continued efforts to develop the economy of both the city and the surrounding region. Turner was narrowly defeated in 2001 by then-State Senator Rhine McLin.
U.S. House of Representatives
Turner is currently a member of the Armed Services and Government Reform committees. In 2009, he was named Ranking Member on the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the United States House Committee on Armed Services.
In January, 2003, Turner was appointed to the Armed Services Committee, a position he has used to advocate for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base located in his district, and to the Government Reform Committee.
Due to his urban background, focus on the economic redevelopment of cities, and service as Dayton’s mayor, Turner is sometimes described as an “urban Republican”. Recognizing Turner's work on urban development as Mayor of Dayton, Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert appointed Turner as Chairman of the Saving America’s Cities working group. The group was formed to work with the Administration to "foster economic development and redevelopment and streamline government services in America's cities to help them prosper and grow."
During the 109th Congress, Turner served on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, in addition to his work on his two other committees, the House Armed Services and Government Reform Committees.
Serving on the Armed Services Committee, Turner had advocated for an expansion to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. This effort proved successful in 2008, when it was announced that 1,000 jobs and over $230 million in federal funding would move to Wright-Patterson as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission.
Turner has said that this is the largest single investment in Wright-Patterson since World War II.
In 2006, the Dayton Development Coalition, a non-profit and non-partisan group which advocates for economic development in the Miami Valley, began the development of a regional branding campaign, and Turner Effect bid on, and was awarded, the contract to conduct the marketing research associated with the campaign. Then Dayton Daily News Publisher Doug Franklin and Democratic Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley both stated their support for the Coalition's decision and had no reservations about Turner Effect's participation in the branding campaign. In April 2008, Turner Effect withdrew from the implementation contract. Citizens for Turner also contracted Turner Effect for professional services such as the production of literature, a common and legal process according to the House Committee on Official Standards and Conduct. Watchdog groups and media reports raised concerns about a possible conflict of interest.
The DDC publicly stated that they were "unanimous" in their decision that there was "no conflict [of interest]" in choosing the company.
On July 7, 2008, Turner wrote an op-ed in the Hillsboro Times-Gazette in support of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, referred to as the GI Bill. Turner opposed an earlier version of the GI Bill in May. On Veteran's issues, Turner has been proudly endorsed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars PAC and successfully advocated to save a nursing home at the Dayton VA medical center.
In October 2008, Turner joined then Senator Hillary Clinton, First Lady Laura Bush, Senator Pete Domenici and Rep. Brad Miller to announce the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would permanently authorize two historic preservation grant programs. The House bill, H.R. 3981, would permanently authorize Save America’s Treasures, established by the Clinton Administration, and Preserve America, established by the Bush Administration. The bill was introduced in the House by Turner and Miller as co-chairs of the Congressional Historic Preservation Caucus and in the Senate by Clinton and Domenici. The two grant programs are complementary. Preserve America supports "community efforts to demonstrate sustainable uses of their historic and cultural sites, focusing on economic and educational opportunities related to heritage tourism" while the Save America's Treasures grant program, "funds "bricks-and-mortar" projects, by helping local communities develop sustainable resource management strategies and sound business practices for the continued preservation and use of heritage assets."
In June 2009, Turner introduced H.J. Res 57, the “Preserving Capitalism in America” amendment to the United States Constitution. This amendment, which has 104 cosponsors in the House, would prohibit the United States government from owning any stock in corporations.
In February 2010, Turner released a report on "The Impact of the Housing Crisis on Local Communities and the Federal Response" in conjunction with the Northeast-Midwest Institute and the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition. The report included testimony and proposals from local Dayton community leaders such as Commissioner Dean Lovelace and Miami Valley Fair Housing Center CEO Jim McCarthy, who participated in an August 2009 housing and foreclosure crisis forum in Dayton. Turner has indicated he will offer legislation based on the recommendations of the report.
Turner voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. He opposed the "$1 trillion government takeover of our nation’s health care system" because it will "increase budget deficits and decrease the quality of our health care services," Turner said.
In his emerging role as a senior Republican in the House of Representatives on issues related to missile defense, nuclear weapons and military space assets, Turner has been highly critical of the Obama Administration's Phased Adaptive Approach and Nuclear Posture Review regarding the protection and defense of the U.S. and our allies. In an April 12 USA Today editorial, Turner stated, "Our nuclear deterrent serves an important role in protecting the United States from would-be aggressors. Telling our adversaries that we are unwilling to use the full extent of our assets to protect our nation is either disingenuous or dangerous." In fact, in the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act, Turner successfully included language that stated the Administration's Nuclear Posture Review weakens the national security of the United States. The language was adopted by the Committee on Armed Services with bipartisan support and also received bipartisan support when passing the full House of Representatives.
In 2012, Turner called for a missile defense site on the east coast of the United States, to defend against missiles that would be launched from Iran. The east coast site would be the third such site, joining two others on the west coast that are designed to defend against an attack from North Korea.
Turner has been married to his wife Lori, Vice President of Network Marketing at Kettering Health Network, since 1987 and is the father of two daughters, Jessica and Carolyn.
His office announced on November 29, 2012, that he was separating from his wife.
January 14, 2013