Bob Turner

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Bob Turner
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U.S. House, New York, District 9
Former member
In office
September 13, 2011-January 3, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedSeptember 13, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSt. John’s University (New York)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1962-1964
Date of birthMay 2, 1941
Place of birthNew York, New York
ProfessionMedia Executive
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Robert L. "Bob" Turner (b. May 2, 1941) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Turner was elected by voters from New York's 9th congressional district.

With the redistricting in New York, Turner's congressional district is likely to be combined into other districts. Turner ran for U.S. Senate in 2012 instead of seeking re-election to the U.S. House.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Turner is a "centrist Republican follower".[2]


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Turner was born in New York, New York. He earned a B.A. from St. John's University (New York).[3]


Turner attended public high schools in Queens and enlisted in the Army upon graduation. After serving in the military he worked his way through college earning a B.A. in history from St. John's University. He started his first media company, Orbis Communications, in 1984 and continued serving in leadership positions, including Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President, for some of the largest media entertainment companies in the country until his retirement in 2003.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Turner served on the following committees:[5]


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Turner voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]



See also: United States Senate elections in New York, 2012

Since his congressional district was eliminated in New York's redistricting, Turner ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012.[1] He was defeated by county comptroller George Maragos and attorney Wendy Long in the June 26 Republican primary. The winner was defeated by Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand and Green party candidate Colia Clark in the general election.[10]

Long and Maragos have taken the more conservative stance compared to Turner. For example, Turner has not taken a "no tax increases" pledge along with the other two. Turner says he's more ready to compromise in order to get things accomplished in Washington.[1] Maragos has also criticized his opponents for not seeking to repeal New York's legalization of same-sex marriage.[1]

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has endorsed Turner.[1] Giuliani says Turner's special election victory last year to succeed Anthony Weiner was "an unbelievable shot."[11]

Polls have Turner and Long out ahead of Maragos, but also show none of the three having very good chances of beating Gillibrand[12] in the strongly Democratic state of New York.[13]


On September 13, 2011, Turner won a special election to the United States House.

Campaign donors


Open Secrets has not published information on New York's 9th congressional district's Special Election on September 13, 2011.


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Turner paid his congressional staff a total of $218,386 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[14]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Turner's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $0 which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[15]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Bob Turner voted with the Republican Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 3rd among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[16]

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Turner is a lifelong resident of the 9th District of New York. He was raised in Woodhaven as the eldest of three sons, and raised his own family, with Peggy his wife of 46 years, in Richmond Hill. Three of his five children, and six of his 13 grandchildren, also live in New York's 9th congressional district.[17]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Anthony Weiner
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 9
Succeeded by
Yvette D. Clarke