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Chris Turner (Texas)

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Chris Turner
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Texas House of Representatives District 101
In office
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas House of Representatives District 96
Date of birth10/10/1972
Place of birthSherman, TX
Campaign website
Chris Turner is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives representing District 101 since 2013.

Turner received his BA in Government from the University of Texas, Austin. He is a business consultant and worked as District Director for Representative Chet Edwards.


Campaign themes

On his website Turner lists a number of issues, including:[1]

  • 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."

  • 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.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Environmental Regulation



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.[3][4]

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


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.[5] [

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%


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

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


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


As of April 3, 2010, Turner has raised $213,797 for his 2010 election campaign.[8] For updated figures, check the Texas Ethics Commission Filings.

His five largest contributors in 2010 are:

Donor Amount
Boone, Aimee B $15,377
Rapoport, Bernard $10,000
Mostyn Law Firm PC $10,000
5 Donors, Each Donating $5,000[8] $5,000


In the 2008 election, Turner raised a total of $863,604.[9]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Texans for Insurance Reform $100,189
Blue Texas $75,000
House Democratic Campaign CMTE $67,000
Texas Parent PAC $53,318
Chet Edwards for Congress $40,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Texas House District 96
Succeeded by
Bill Zedler (R)
Preceded by
Cindy Burkett (R)
Texas House District 101
Succeeded by