|Former candidate for|
|U.S. House, Missouri, District 5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
was a 2014 Republican
candidate seeking election to the U.S. House
to represent the 5th Congressional District
. He was defeated by incumbent Emanuel Cleaver
(D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
He won the primary for the same race in 2012 but lost in the general election to Emanuel Cleaver.
Turk is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. After he was honorably discharged, Turk attended college on the G.I. Bill and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri in Kansas City while working two jobs. Turk started and ran a custom software business. He then worked for the National Associations of Insurance Commissioners as a programmer and analyst in their research department.
On his campaign website, Turk listed eight issues. They were:
- On his website, Turk said, "The American people are rightfully concerned that the policies of Congressman Cleaver and this Congress will collapse our economy. Expanding our obligations by $2.5 trillion with the passage of “Obamacare”, -- which my opponent Emanuel Cleaver supported -- is the latest example that career politicians just don’t understand what the American people want - and need- in economic policy."
- On his website, Turk said, "I believe that human life must be affirmed and that innocent life must be protected at all stages from conception to natural death. My most recent paid position before running for Congress in 2010 was with a women's clinic that provided free medical care and support for pregnant girls and women almost all of whom were below the poverty line."
- On his website, Turk said, "Unlike my opponent, Emanuel Cleaver, I support permanent tax cuts for working families. Citizens are much more efficient in their spending and charitable giving than the Federal government. I support making the 2003 tax cuts permanent."
- On his website, Turk said, "Term limits, for both the House and Senate, are the answer. Representing the people was not intended to be a career, like my opponent Emanuel Cleaver has made it. In fact, when our representatives had real jobs and owned businesses, they brought to the halls of Congress a variety of perspectives to draw from, and they also had to live "under" the rules or regulations they created. Not so anymore. Those who make regulations that govern business refuse to comply with them themselves."
- On his website, Turk said, "The porous southern border MUST be closed, our northern border security beefed up, and our ports secured. For our southern border, I would insist that the 700 miles of double layer fence that was mandated by Congress in 2006 be built. Hospitals are overwhelmed, school resources are used up, our law enforcement resources are drained, and our prisons are overflowing in large part due to the waves of illegal aliens invading this country. Americans are paying BILLIONS of dollars, hand over fist, to subsidize the cost of 'cheap' labor, and allowing it to continue is a loss for our economy. I do not support any additional immigration reform until our borders are secured and illegal immigration is halted. When the fence is built and the border secured, we can move forward on retooling our immigration system."
- On his website, Turk said, "I support the traditional definition of marriage (one man, one woman). This position is shared by over 70% of Missouri voters who passed Missouri's Marriage Amendment in 2004."
- On his website, Turk said, " As a Marine veteran, I am a believer in our individual right to keep and bear arms. In both 2008 and 2010, I was endorsed by the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance for my support of the 2nd Amendment."
- On his website, Turk said, "Our country has the highest quality medical care in the world – yet ever climbing costs and lack of availability in many areas are hurting millions of Americans. “Obamacare” --, which my opponent supported – is already a disaster.. It must be repealed. Instead, to solve the health insurance access issue and control costs, I propose a patient-centered solution based on patient-owned Major Medical policies, tax-free Health Savings Accounts, public outreach health education, and health coverage which encourage disease prevention through lifestyle choices."
—Turk for Congress, 
- See also: Missouri's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014
Turk ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Missouri's 5th District. Turk won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 5, 2014, against Michael Burris, Bill Lindsey and Berton A. Knox. He was defeated by incumbent Emanuel Cleaver (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, Missouri District 5 General Election, 2014
||Emanuel Cleaver Incumbent
|| Jacob Turk
|| Roy Welborn
|Source: Secretary of State 100% reporting Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
|U.S. House, Missouri District 5 Republican Primary, 2014
| Bill Lindsey
| Michael Burris
| Berton Knox
|Source: State of Missouri Official Results
- See also: Missouri's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012
Turk was defeated by incumbent Emanuel Cleaver in the general election. Turk ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Missouri's 5th District. He defeated Jerry Nolte, Jason Greene and Ron Paul Shawd in the Republican primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, Missouri District 5 Republican Primary, 2012
| Jerry Nolte
| Jason Greene
| Ron Paul Shawd
Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Turk's reports.
|Jacob Turk (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|July Quarterly (amended)||October 15, 2014||$0.00||$38,108.65||$(17,449.26)||$20,659.39|
|Pre-Primary||October 15, 2014||$20,659.39||$2,318.99||$(11,861.12)||$11,117.26|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$11,117.26||$61,145.00||$(47,538.29)||$24,723.97|
|Pre-General||October 23, 2014||$24,723.97||$18,644.46||$(23,948.43)||$19,420.00|
Breakdown of the source of Turk's campaign funds before the 2012 election.
Turk lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Turk's campaign committee raised a total of $359,522 and spent $369,274.
|U.S. House, Missouri District 5, 2012 - Jacob Turk Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner
|Total Spent by Election Winner
|Top contributors to Jacob Turk's campaign committee|
|American Midwest Fleet Solut||$5,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Misc. Manufacturing & Distributing||$9,750|
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- ↑ AP Results, "Missouri U.S. House Results," accessed August 7, 2012
- ↑ Turk for Congress, "Biography:Jason Turk," accessed March 26, 2014
- ↑ Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- ↑ Turk for Congress, "Issues," accessed March 26, 2014
- ↑ Politico, "2012 Election Map, Missouri"
- ↑ AP Results, "Missouri U.S. House Results," accessed August 7, 2012
- ↑ Federal Election Commission, "Jacob Turk Summary Report," accessed November 3, 2014
- ↑ Federal Election Commission, "Jacob Turk for Congress 2014 July Quarterly," accessed November 3, 2014
- ↑ Federal Election Commission, "Jacob Turk for Congress 2014 Pre-Primary," accessed November 3, 2014
- ↑ Federal Election Commission, "Jacob Turk for Congress 2014 October Quarterly," accessed November 3, 2014
- ↑ Federal Election Commission, "Jacob Turk for Congress 2014 Pre-General," accessed November 3, 2014
- ↑ Open Secrets, "Jacob Turk 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 13, 2013