Michael Turner (Tennessee)

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Michael Turner
Mike Turner.jpg
Tennessee House Of Representatives District 51
In office
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 14
House Democratic Caucus Chair, Tennessee House of Representatives
Base salary$19,009/year
Per diem$173/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolDupont High School, 1973
BirthdayFebruary 6, 1955
Place of birthOld Hickory, TN
ReligionUnited Methodist
Office website
Michael Turner (b. February 6, 1955) is a Democratic member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 51. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000. He is currently the Minority Caucus Leader.


Turner received his diploma from Dupont High School in 1973. He went on to attend Middle Tennessee State University in 1978. He then attended Tennessee State University in 1990. Turner is a firefighter and an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

Committee assignments


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

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Calendar and Rules
Consumer and Human Resources
Government Operations
Government Operations


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Turner served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Turner served on these committees:



Turner says no to earmarks

Representative Turner planned to make Republicans place a statutory lid on district-level pork-barrel spending.

Turner said he’d file a bill in the 2011 session that would institute a two-year halt on legislative earmarks.

“Their people said no mandates, so we’re going to probably put legislation forward that says you can’t have a budget amendment, you’re not going to be able to amend your fish hatchery in,” said Turner, referring to a controversial trout-rearing facility in Independent House Speaker Kent Williams’ district that was included in Democratic budget proposals, but was eventually removed.[1]



See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2012

Turner ran in the 2012 election for Tennessee House of Representatives, District 51. Turner ran unopposed in the August 2 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]


See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2010

Turner was re-elected to the 51st District Seat in 2010. He defeated Republican Charles Williamson in the general election on November 2, 2010. He was unopposed in the August 5 primary.[4] [5]


On Nov. 4, 2008, Turner won re-election to the 51st District Seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives. [6]

Turner raised $67,810 for his campaign. [7]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 51 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Turner (D) 17,805

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Turner received $154,806 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

Tennessee House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Turner (Tennessee)'s campaign in 2010
Nashville Fire Fighters Local 140$7,500
Tennessee Laborers$5,000
International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers$5,000
Turner PAC$5,000
Total Raised in 2010 $154,806


Turner raised $67,810 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below. [9]

Donor Amount
Gaylord Entertainment Company $6,000
Service Employees Local 205 $5,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $5,000
Tennessee Society of Anesthesiologists $2,500
Tennessee Professional Firefighters $2,500
Nashville Firefighters Local 140 $2,500
International Brotherhood of Teamsters $2,500


Turner and his wife have three children. They currently reside in Old Hickory, Tennessee.

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