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Michael Turner (Tennessee)

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Michael Turner
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Tennessee House Of Representatives District 51
Incumbent
In office
2000-Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 14
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
House Democratic Caucus Chair, Tennessee House of Representatives
Present
Compensation
Base salary$20,203/year
Per diem$188/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolDupont High School, 1973
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 6, 1955
Place of birthOld Hickory, TN
ReligionUnited Methodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Michael Turner (b. February 6, 1955) is a Democratic member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 51. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000. He is currently the Minority Caucus Chair.

Turner announced in February that he would not run for re-election in 2014.[1]

Biography

Turner received his diploma from Dupont High School in 1973. He went on to attend Middle Tennessee State University in 1978. He then attended Tennessee State University in 1990. Turner is a firefighter and an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Turner served on the following committees:

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Calendar and Rules
Consumer and Human Resources
Government Operations
Health
Government Operations

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Turner served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Turner served on these committees:

Issues

Earmarks


Turner says no to earmarks

Representative Turner planned to make Republicans place a statutory lid on district-level pork-barrel spending.

Turner said he’d file a bill in the 2011 session that would institute a two-year halt on legislative earmarks.

“Their people said no mandates, so we’re going to probably put legislation forward that says you can’t have a budget amendment, you’re not going to be able to amend your fish hatchery in,” said Turner, referring to a controversial trout-rearing facility in Independent House Speaker Kent Williams’ district that was included in Democratic budget proposals, but was eventually removed.[2]



Governor Haslam and the UAW

Turner filed a Freedom of Information Act request for all correspondence between the office of Governor Bill Haslam (R) and officials at Volkswagon that "pertains to any incentives for Volkswagen or the discussion of unionization of current or future Volkswagen employees." Turner filed this request because he believes that Governor Haslam may have tried to incentivize Volkswagen to keep the United Automobile Workers union out of their new Chattanooga plant. The UAW has been working to unionize plants from non-U.S.-based automobile manufacturers and in the southern United States.[3]

Elections

2012

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2012

Turner ran in the 2012 election for Tennessee House of Representatives, District 51. Turner ran unopposed in the August 2 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

2010

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2010

Turner was re-elected to the 51st District seat in 2010. He defeated Republican Charles Williamson in the general election on November 2, 2010. He was unopposed in the August 5 primary.[6][7]

2008

On Nov. 4, 2008, Turner won re-election to the 51st District Seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives.[8]

Turner raised $67,810 for his campaign.[9]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 51 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Turner (D) 17,805

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Turner is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Turner raised a total of $514,810 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 1, 2013.[10]

Michael Turner's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State House, District 51 Won $88,234
2010 Tennessee State House, District 51 Won $154,806
2008 Tennessee State House, District 51 Won $67,810
2006 Tennessee State House, District 51 Won $31,500
2004 Tennessee State House, District 51 Won $65,973
2002 Tennessee State House, District 51 Won $23,715
2000 Tennessee State House, District 51 Won $82,772
Grand Total Raised $514,810

2012

Turner won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $88,234.
Tennessee House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Turner's campaign in 2012
Nashville Fire Fighters Local 140$10,000
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Of Tennessee$4,000
Tennessee Optometric Association$3,500
AT&T$2,500
Tennessee Association Of Realtors$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$88,234
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Turner won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $154,806.

2008

Turner won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $67,810.

2006

Turner won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $31,500.

2004

Turner won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $65,973.

2002

Turner won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $23,715.

2000

Turner won election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $82,772.

Personal

Turner and his wife have three children. They currently reside in Old Hickory, Tennessee.

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Tennessee House of Representatives District 51
2000–present
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