Chris Turner

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Chris Turner
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Texas House of Representatives District 101
Incumbent
In office
2013-Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas House of Representatives District 96
2009-2011
Personal
Birthday10/10/1972
Place of birthSherman, TX
ProfessionConsultant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Chris Turner is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives representing District 101. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

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

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Environmental Regulation
Insurance

Issues

  • 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

2014

Turner's website highlighted 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."

Healthcare

  • 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."

Jobs

  • 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

  • Excerpt: "Chris believes we must do everything possible to keep our families and children safe from the threat of sexual predators.

2012

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."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took 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 was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Chris Turner was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Turner defeated Carl Nulsen (L) in the general election.[4][5][6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 101 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Turner Incumbent 84.6% 14,926
     Libertarian Carl Nulsen 15.4% 2,720
Total Votes 17,646

2012

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]

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

2010

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.[7]

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%

2008

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.[7] Turner raised $863,604 for his campaign; Zedler raised $1,025,081.[8]

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.[9][10]

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

2012

Turner won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Turner raised a total of $348,527.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Chris Turner's campaign in 2012
Chet Edwards For Congress$20,000
Boone, Aimee$14,540
Brender, Art$10,500
Lamantia, Greg$7,500
Blackridge$6,049
Total Raised in 2012$348,527
Source:Follow the Money

2010

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

2008

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

Scorecards

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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.[11] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[12]

  • 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.
  • Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.

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."[13] 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 20.1 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Turner and his wife, Lisa, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Texas House District 96
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Bill Zedler (R)
Preceded by
Cindy Burkett (R)
Texas House District 101
2013-Present
Succeeded by
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