|U.S. House, New York, District 9|
|September 13, 2011-January 3, 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||September 13, 2011|
|Bachelor's||St. John’s University (New York)|
|Years of service||1962-1964|
|Birthday||May 2, 1941|
|Place of birth||New York, New York|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Turner attended public high schools in Queens and enlisted in the Army upon graduation. After serving in the military he worked his way through college earning a B.A. in history from St. John's University. He started his first media company, Orbis Communications, in 1984 and continued serving in leadership positions, including Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President, for some of the largest media entertainment companies in the country until his retirement in 2003.
Turner served on the following committees:
- Homeland Security Committee
- Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications
- Subcommittee on Transportation Security
- Foreign Affairs Committee
- Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights
- Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
- Veterans' Affairs Committee
- Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA)
Turner voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.
Since his congressional district was eliminated in New York's redistricting, Turner ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012. He was defeated by county comptroller George Maragos and attorney Wendy Long in the June 26 Republican primary. The winner was defeated by Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand and Green party candidate Colia Clark in the general election.
Long and Maragos took the more conservative stance compared to Turner. For example, Turner did not take a "no tax increases" pledge along with the other two. Turner said he's more ready to compromise in order to get things accomplished in Washington. Maragos has also criticized his opponents for not seeking to repeal New York's legalization of same-sex marriage.
On September 13, 2011, Turner won a special election to the United States House.
Open Secrets has not published information on New York's 9th Congressional District's Special Election on September 13, 2011.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Turner paid his congressional staff a total of $218,386 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
According to an analysis by CNN, Turner is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Turner's staff was given an apparent $20,400.00 in bonus money.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Turner's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $5,301,319 to $5,479,316. That averages to $5,390,317, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Turner's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $0 which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Bob Turner has voted with the Republican Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 3rd among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.
Turner is a lifelong resident of the 9th District of New York. He was raised in Woodhaven as the eldest of three sons, and raised his own family, with Peggy, his wife of 46 years, in Richmond Hill.
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- NYTimes blog "His District Likely to Be Cut, Congressman Eyes Gillibrand’s Senate Seat," March 13, 2012
- Gov Track "Robert Turner" Accessed April 20, 2012
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "TURNER, Robert L., (1941 - )"
- Congressman Robert Turner, Representing the 9th District of New York "Full Biography"
- Congressman Robert Turner, Representing the 9th District of New York "Committees and Caucuses"
- Committee on Homeland Security, Chairman Peter T. King "Subcommittees"
- Committee on Foreign Affairs, Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen "Subcommittees"
- House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Proudly Serving America's Veterans "Subcommittees"
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- New York Board of Elections "List of Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," April 23, 2012
- WNYC "Long, Turner and Maragos: The Race to Replace Gillibrand," June 15, 2012
- Watertown Daily Times "In north country stop, Maragos touts conservatism, visits to region," June 24, 2012
- Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 31, 2012
- LegiStorm, "Robert L. Turner," Accessed October 2, 2012
- CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," March 8, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "Robert L. Turner (R-NY), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Robert L. Turner (R-NY), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
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Yvette D. Clarke
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