|Texas House of Representatives District 101|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Texas House of Representatives District 96|
|Place of birth||Sherman, TX|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Turner received his B.A. in Government from the University of Texas, Austin. He is a business consultant and worked as District Director for Representative Chet Edwards.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Turner served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Environmental Regulation|
- HB 1017 - Relating to grants to certain school districts and countywide public school transportation systems to be used to pay costs in purchasing school buses capable of using natural gas or propane as fuel.
- HB 1080 - Relating to eligibility for the child health plan program.
- HB 2089 - Relating to lobbying by former members of the legislature; creating an offense.
- HB 3955 - Relating to a franchise tax credit for energy-efficient manufacturing infrastructure.
Turner's website highlights the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "Chris will work to reverse these cuts and implement a more fair and better financed public education system for all Texas children. Chris also believes we must reform the school accountability system that has become entirely too dependent on standardized tests. There is entirely too much “teaching to the test” in Texas and we need to lessen the emphasis on standardized testing in the classroom."
- Excerpt: "Making college more affordable and accessible to every Texan is one of Chris’s top priorities. Rising tuition costs and reduced financial aid opportunities have closed the door of opportunity to too many Texans. Chris will work to increase the Texas Grant program, which made college financial aid available for an additional 24,000 middle-class Texas families in 2010-2011."
- Excerpt: "Chris believes that Texas should use the ACA smartly to get the maximum benefit for the state. Chris will work with his colleagues in the Texas House to gain support to accept the Medicaid expansion."
- Excerpt: "Chris believes we must invest in education and job training to create more economic opportunity for all Texans, not just a privileged few."
- Excerpt: "Chris believes we must do everything possible to keep our families and children safe from the threat of sexual predators.
Turner's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Make Public Education a Priority - "Politicians in Austin talk a lot about education, but they have repeatedly failed students, parents and teachers." "Chris Turner will fight to change that and make public education a top priority for Texas."
- Lower our sky-high utility rates - "High natural gas and electricity rates are squeezing many middle class families in Tarrant County. Chris Turner knows we can change things and do better — he will work in the Legislature to lower utility rates for Texas families and hold the big utility companies accountable to our communities."
- Protect the health of our most precious asset — our kids - "Chris Turner will fight to restore the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Texas. Because of the short-sighted and mean-spirited actions of the Legislature, Texas has 150,000 fewer kids insured by CHIP today than 5 years ago."
- Get Tough on Gang Violence, Drug Dealers - "Chris Turner believes we must do more to fight violent gangs and crack down on drug dealers who prey on our children."
- Protect our Borders - "Chris Turner believes that the federal government has failed in its basic duty to protect our borders. Until it does so, Texas has a right and a duty to aggressively police its southern border and beef up our own security and surveillance along the Rio Grande."
Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Chris Turner was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Turner will face Carl Nulsen (L) in the general election.
Turner won election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 101. Turner defeated Paula Hightower Pierson and Vickie Barnett in the May 29 primary election and defeated Carl Nulsen (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 101, General Election, 2012|
|Texas House of Representatives District 101 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Paula Hightower Pierson||33.8%||1,191|
| Texas House of Representatives, District 96 |
2010 General election results
|Bill Zedler (R)||23,747||52.38%|
|Chris Turner (D)||21,583||47.61%|
On November 4, 2008, Turner won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 96th District, defeating incumbent Bill Zedler (R) and Todd Litteken (L). Turner received 41,977 votes in the election while Zedler received 38,108 votes, and Litteken received 1,737 votes. Turner raised $863,604 for his campaign; Zedler raised $1,025,081.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 96|
|Chris Turner (D)||41,977||51.30%|
|Bill Zedler (R)||38,108||46.57%|
|Todd Litteken (L)||1,737||2.12%|
Comprehensive donor information for Turner is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Turner raised a total of $2,058,909 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.
|Chris Turner's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Texas State House, District 101||$348,527|
|2010||Texas State House, District 101||$846,778|
|2008||Texas State House, District 101||$863,604|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,058,909|
2012Turner won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $348,527.
|Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Chris Turner's campaign in 2012|
|Chet Edwards For Congress||$20,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$348,527|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Turner lost the election for the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $846,778.
|Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Chris Turner's campaign in 2010|
|Texans For Insurance Reform||$66,467|
|House Democratic Campaign Cmte||$57,675|
|Texas Values In Action Coalition||$36,000|
|Boone, Aimee Brooks||$20,727|
|Total Raised in 2010||$846,778|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2008Turner won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $863,604.
|Texas House of Representatives 2008 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Chris Turner's campaign in 2008|
|Texans For Insurance Reform||$100,189|
|House Democratic Campaign Cmte||$67,000|
|Texas Parent PAC||$53,318|
|Chet Edwards For Congress||$40,000|
|Total Raised in 2008||$863,604|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening. Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.
- American's for Prosperity Texas - Texas Legislative Report Card 2013
- Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government, and individual liberty.
- Conservative Roundtable - 2013 Conservative Solutions Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions, and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
- Empower Texans - 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index
- Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
- Environment Texas - 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
- Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
- Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
- Texans Uniting for Reform & Freedom - 2013 Session Report Card
- Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
- Texas Association of Business - For the Record 2013
- Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
- Texas Eagle Forum - 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
- Texas League of Conservation Voters - 2013 Scorecard
- The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation, and energy efficiency.
- Texas Right to Life - 2013 Legislative Scores
- Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
- Texas Tribune Guest Column: Mark P. Jones - The 2013 Texas House, From Right to Left
- Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
- The American Conservative Union - 2013 State Legislative Ratings Guide
- Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
- Young Conservatives of Texas - 83rd Session House Budget Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
- NARAL Pro-Choice Texas: 2013 Legislative Scorecard on House Bill 2
- Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
- National Federation of Independent Business in Texas: 2013-2014 Legislative Voting Record
- Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index
Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy." Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.
Turner received a score of 20.1 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
Turner and his wife, Lisa, have two children.
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- Texas House of Representatives Office Website
- Chris Turner campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Official Campaign Contributions
- Follow The Money, Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008
- Texas State Directory profile
- Texas Political Almanac HD 96 page
- Texas Tribune profile & bio
- Vote-TX.org profile
- State Surge profile
- Chris Turner on Facebook
- Texas Legislature, "Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Turner," accessed May 27, 2014
- votechristurner.com, "Priorities," accessed February 14, 2014
- Vote Chris Turner On the Issues
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current ELECTION HISTORY," accessed July 30, 2014
- The Libertarian Party of Texas, "2014 Texas Representative Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
- Green Party of Texas, "Greens Release Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2008 Candidate funds," accessed May 24, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Turner, Chris," accessed August 15, 2013
- Follow the Money, "Turner, Chris," accessed August 15, 2013
- kten.com, "Texas Lawmakers To Tackle Redistricting In Special Session," May 29, 2013
- Legislative reference Library of Texas, "Texas Legislative Sessions and Years," accessed June 13, 2014
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
|Texas House District 96
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Bill Zedler (R)
Cindy Burkett (R)
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