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
Net worth$5,390,317
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.

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 1 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 took the more conservative stance compared to Turner. For example, Turner did not take a "no tax increases" pledge along with the other two. Turner said 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 endorsed Turner.[1] Giuliani said Turner's special election victory last year to succeed Anthony Weiner was "an unbelievable shot."[11]

Polls had Turner and Long out ahead of Maragos, but also showed 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]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Turner was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Turner's staff was given an apparent $20,400.00 in bonus money.[15]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Turner's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $5,301,319 to $5,479,316. That averages to $5,390,317, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232.[16]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[17]

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.[18]


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.

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 NYTimes blog, "His District Likely to Be Cut, Congressman Eyes Gillibrand’s Senate Seat," March 13, 2012
  2. GovTrack, "Robert Turner" Accessed April 20, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "TURNER, Robert L., (1941 - )"
  4. Congressman Robert Turner, Representing the 9th District of New York, "Full Biography"
  5. Congressman Robert Turner, Representing the 9th District of New York, "Committees and Caucuses"
  6. Committee on Homeland Security, Chairman Peter T. King, "Subcommittees"
  7. Committee on Foreign Affairs, Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, "Subcommittees"
  8. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Proudly Serving America's Veterans, "Subcommittees"
  9. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  10. New York Board of Elections, "List of Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," April 23, 2012
  11. WNYC "Long, Turner and Maragos: The Race to Replace Gillibrand," June 15, 2012
  12. Watertown Daily Times, "In north country stop, Maragos touts conservatism, visits to region," June 24, 2012
  13. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 31, 2012
  14. LegiStorm, "Robert L. Turner," accessed October 2, 2012
  15. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  16. OpenSecrets, "Robert L. Turner (R-NY), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  17. OpenSecrets, "Robert L. Turner (R-NY), 2010," accessed October 2, 2012
  18. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Anthony Weiner
U.S. House of Representatives - New York, District 9
Succeeded by
Yvette D. Clarke