Sylvester Turner

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Sylvester Turner
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Texas House of Representatives, District 139
Incumbent
In office
1989 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 25
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1988
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 27, 1954
Place of birthHouston, TX
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Sylvester Turner is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 139. He was first elected to the chamber in 1988. He served as the Speaker Pro Tempore from 2003 to 2009.

Biography

Turner is an Attorney with Barnes and Turner. He has worked as an Adjunct Professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Associate Attorney at Fulbright and Jaworski, and a Seminar Lecturer at South Texas College of Law and University of Houston Law School's Continuing Legal Education Program.

Turner is a member of the Acres Home Citizens Chamber of Commerce, American Cancer Society Board, Brookhollow Baptist Church, Coalition for School Improvement, and the United Negro College Fund.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Vice-chair
State Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Turner served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 630 - Relating to the regulation and governing bodies of independent organizations that govern power regions.
  • HB 631 - Relating to the regulation of retail electric providers.
  • HB 823 - Relating to the authority of a peace officer to take a blood specimen from a vehicle operator to test for alcohol concentration or other intoxicating substances.
  • HB 1267 - Relating to a prohibition on certain uses of a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Texas House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on March 4, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Sylvester Turner was unopposed in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Turner won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 139. Turner was unopposed in the May 29 primary and defeated Sam Brocato (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 139, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSylvester Turner Incumbent 77.1% 39,022
     Republican Sam Brocato 22.9% 11,604
Total Votes 50,626

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Turner won re-election in District 139. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 139
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Sylvester Turner (D) 20,842 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Turner won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 139th District, receiving 35,220 votes with no opposition.[8] He raised $472,175 for his campaign.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 139
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Sylvester Turner (D) 35,220 100.00%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Turner is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Turner raised a total of $3,124,206 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[10]

Sylvester Turner's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 139 Won $294,685
2010 Texas State House, District 139 Won $360,685
2008 Texas State House, District 139 Won $472,175
2006 Texas State House, District 139 Won $378,530
2004 Texas State House, District 139 Won $804,115
2002 Texas State House, District 139 Won $544,278
2000 Texas State House, District 139 Won $179,448
1998 Texas State House, District 139 Won $90,290
Grand Total Raised $3,124,206

2012

Turner won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $294,685.

2010

Turner won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $360,685.

2008

Turner won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $472,175.

2006

Turner won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $378,530.

2004

Turner won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $804,115.

2002

Turner won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $544,278.

2000

Turner won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $179,448.

1998

Turner won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $90,290.

Scorecards

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."[11] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Turner received a score of 14.6 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Sylvester Turner received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Controversies

Working for CenterPoint

Turner, a lawyer, was on retainer for CenterPoint Energy, a power company, at the same time he served on the state House Committee on State Affairs, which has jurisdiction over bills that would affect power providers.

Turner has often called for stricter regulations for utility companies.

Turner told the news Web site Texas Watchdog that he did not feel his work for CenterPoint posed a conflict of interest. Turner disclosed the relationship between his firm, Barnes & Turner, and CenterPoint on his 2008 and 2009 personal financial disclosure forms.

Fined by Ethics Commission

In March 2010, Turner was fined $4,500 by the Texas Ethics Commission for political contribution reporting discrepancies in 2007 and 2008. A report by the Commission show that Turner had a number of violations, including under-reporting amounts, failing to disclose correct reimbursements to staff, and failing to accurately report use of personal funds for political purposes.[12]

Personal

Turner has one child.

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Preceded by
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Texas House District 139
1989–present
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