Jacob Turk

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Jacob Turk
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Missouri, District 5
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Jacob Turk is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 5th Congressional District of Missouri. He won the primary for the same race in 2012 but lost in the general election to Emanuel Cleaver.[1]


Turk is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. After he was honorably discharged, Turk attended college on the G.I. Bill and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri in Kansas City while working two jobs. Turk started and ran a custom software business. He then worked for the National Associations of Insurance Commissioners as a programmer and analyst in their research department.[2]


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Turk listed eight issues. They were:

  • Economic Policy
  • On his website, Turk says, "The American people are rightfully concerned that the policies of Congressman Cleaver and this Congress will collapse our economy. Expanding our obligations by $2.5 trillion with the passage of “Obamacare”, -- which my opponent Emanuel Cleaver supported -- is the latest example that career politicians just don’t understand what the American people want - and need- in economic policy."
  • Life
  • On his website, Turk says, "I believe that human life must be affirmed and that innocent life must be protected at all stages from conception to natural death. My most recent paid position before running for Congress in 2010 was with a women's clinic that provided free medical care and support for pregnant girls and women almost all of whom were below the poverty line."
  • Taxes
  • On his website, Turk says, "Unlike my opponent, Emanuel Cleaver, I support permanent tax cuts for working families. Citizens are much more efficient in their spending and charitable giving than the Federal government. I support making the 2003 tax cuts permanent."
  • Term Limits
  • On his website, Turk says, "Term limits, for both the House and Senate, are the answer. Representing the people was not intended to be a career, like my opponent Emanuel Cleaver has made it. In fact, when our representatives had real jobs and owned businesses, they brought to the halls of Congress a variety of perspectives to draw from, and they also had to live "under" the rules or regulations they created. Not so anymore. Those who make regulations that govern business refuse to comply with them themselves."
  • Immigration
  • On his website, Turk says, "The porous southern border MUST be closed, our northern border security beefed up, and our ports secured. For our southern border, I would insist that the 700 miles of double layer fence that was mandated by Congress in 2006 be built. Hospitals are overwhelmed, school resources are used up, our law enforcement resources are drained, and our prisons are overflowing in large part due to the waves of illegal aliens invading this country. Americans are paying BILLIONS of dollars, hand over fist, to subsidize the cost of 'cheap' labor, and allowing it to continue is a loss for our economy. I do not support any additional immigration reform until our borders are secured and illegal immigration is halted. When the fence is built and the border secured, we can move forward on retooling our immigration system."
  • Marriage
  • On his website, Turk says, "I support the traditional definition of marriage (one man, one woman). This position is shared by over 70% of Missouri voters who passed Missouri's Marriage Amendment in 2004."
  • 2nd Amendment Rights
  • On his website, Turk says, " As a Marine veteran, I am a believer in our individual right to keep and bear arms. In both 2008 and 2010, I was endorsed by the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance for my support of the 2nd Amendment."
  • Healthcare
  • On his website, Turk says, "Our country has the highest quality medical care in the world – yet ever climbing costs and lack of availability in many areas are hurting millions of Americans. “Obamacare” --, which my opponent supported – is already a disaster.. It must be repealed. Instead, to solve the health insurance access issue and control costs, I propose a patient-centered solution based on patient-owned Major Medical policies, tax-free Health Savings Accounts, public outreach health education, and health coverage which encourage disease prevention through lifestyle choices."[3]

—Turk for Congress, [4]



See also: Missouri's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Turk is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Missouri's 5th District. Turk won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 5, 2014, against Michael Burris, Bill Lindsey and Berton A. Knox. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Missouri District 5 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJacob Turk 68.6% 24,615
Bill Lindsey 14% 5,020
Michael Burris 13.4% 4,797
Berton Knox 4% 1,453
Total Votes 35,885
Source: State of Missouri Official Results


See also: Missouri's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Turk was defeated by incumbent Emanuel Cleaver in the general election.[5] Turk ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Missouri's 5th District. He defeated Jerry Nolte, Jason Greene and Ron Paul Shawd in the Republican primary.[6] The general election took place on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Missouri District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEmanuel Cleaver Incumbent 60.5% 200,290
     Republican Jacob Turk 36.9% 122,149
     Libertarian Randy Langkraehr 2.6% 8,497
     Write-in Andrew Feagle 0% 6
Total Votes 330,942
Source: Missouri Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Missouri District 5 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJacob Turk 58.9% 24,814
Jerry Nolte 25.5% 10,734
Jason Greene 12% 5,067
Ron Paul Shawd 3.7% 1,542
Total Votes 42,157

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Turk's reports.

Jacob Turk (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[7]July 16, 2014$0.00$36,876.35$(17,378.82)$19,497.53
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Turk's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Turk lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Turk's campaign committee raised a total of $359,522 and spent $369,274.[8]

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