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Chris Turner

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Chris Turner
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Texas House of Representatives District 101
In office
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas House of Representatives District 96
Place of birthSherman, TX
Office website
Campaign website
Chris Turner is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives representing District 101. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


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.

Committee assignments


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.[1]

Campaign themes


Turner's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]

Public Education

  • 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."

Higher Education

  • 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."

Public Safety


Turner's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • 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."



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 Chris Turner was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Turner will face Carl Nulsen (L) in the general election.[4][5][6]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[7][8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 101, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Turner 87.9% 28,943
     Libertarian Carl Nulsen 12.1% 3,984
Total Votes 32,927
Texas House of Representatives District 101 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Turner 53.1% 1,869
Paula Hightower Pierson 33.8% 1,191
Vickie Barnett 13.1% 461
Total Votes 3,521


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Turner ran for re-election in District 96 and lost. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary but was defeated by Republican Bill Zedler in the November 2 general election.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 96
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png 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.[10] Turner raised $863,604 for his campaign; Zedler raised $1,025,081.[11]

Texas House of Representatives, District 96
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png Chris Turner (D) 41,977 51.30%
Bill Zedler (R) 38,108 46.57%
Todd Litteken (L) 1,737 2.12%

Campaign donors

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.[12][13]

Chris Turner's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 101 Won $348,527
2010 Texas State House, District 101 Defeated $846,778
2008 Texas State House, District 101 Won $863,604
Grand Total Raised $2,058,909


Turner won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $348,527.


Turner lost the election for the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $846,778.


Turner won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $863,604.


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."[14] 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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Political offices
Preceded by
Texas House District 96
Succeeded by
Bill Zedler (R)
Preceded by
Cindy Burkett (R)
Texas House District 101
Succeeded by