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 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 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.[6]

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.[6] He raised $472,175 for his campaign.[7]

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.[8]

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.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sylvester Turner's campaign in 2012
Perry, Bob J$15,000
AT&T$10,000
CWA - Cope PPC$8,500
Hillco Partners$8,000
Friends Of The University Of Houston$5,500
Total Raised in 2012$294,685
Source:Follow the Money

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

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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2013

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.[9] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[10]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government, and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions, and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[10]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions, and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

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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