|Texas State House, District 139|
|1989 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||24|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Birthday||September 27, 1954|
|Place of birth||Houston, TX|
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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Turner served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Appropriations, Vice-chair|
|• State Affairs|
Turner served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Appropriations, Vice-chair|
|• State Affairs|
- 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.
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.
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.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 139, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Sylvester Turner Incumbent||77.1%||39,022|
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.
| Texas House of Representatives, District 139 |
2010 General election results
|Sylvester Turner (D)||20,842||100%|
|Texas House of Representatives, District 139|
|Sylvester Turner (D)||35,220||100.00%|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Turner received $360,685 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Sylvester Turner's campaign in 2010|
|Perry, Bob J||$95,000|
|Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 68||$6,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$360,685|
Turner raised $472,175 in 2008. His top 5 campaign contributors are listed below.
|Bob J Perry||$66,000|
|Texans for Lawsuit Reform||$12,500|
|McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy||$7,500|
|Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 68||$7,500|
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." Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.
Sylvester Turner received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
- Sylvester Turner's campaign website
- Texas House of Representatives - Rep. Turner
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- Freedom Speaks profile
- Texas State Directory profile
- Texas Political Almanac HD 139 page
- Texas Tribune profile & bio
- Vote-TX.org profile
- State Surge profile
- Sylvester Turner on Facebook
- Sylvester Turner on Twitter
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Turner
- ↑ Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Turner
- ↑ Texas Watchdog, "State Rep. Sylvester Turner fined $4,500 by state Ethics Commission for inaccurate reporting of contributions, reimbursements, and personal funds for political purposes," March 16, 2010
- ↑ Texas Democratic Party - Democratic Primary Candidates
- ↑ Official Texas Election Results
- ↑ Texas House official election results for 2008
- ↑ District 139 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2010 Contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- ↑ Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
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