Michael 'Mike' Ray Turner(Rep)
Telephone:202-225-6465 (Main phone number)
Telephone:937-222-6453 (Main campaign number)
Birth place:Dayton, OH
Religion:Assemblies of God
Undergraduate education: Ohio Northern University
Graduate education: University of Dayton
Graduate education: Case Western Reserve University
Mike Turner was born in Dayton, Ohio, and lives in nearby Centerville. His parents moved to Dayton from eastern Kentucky in the 1950s. His father worked at General Motors Corp. for 42 years, and his mother was a schoolteacher.
Turner attended Belmont High School and earned a bachelor's in political science at Ohio Northern University. He earned a law degree from Case Western Reserve University and a master's in business administration from the University of Dayton.
Turner served two terms as mayor of Dayton, from 1994 to 2002. He was elected to the U.S. House in 2002.
Turner practices tae kwon do, a martial art, and at one time was part-owner of a tae kwon do school.
He and his wife, Lori, have two daughters.
Mike Turner has focused his time in Congress on issues facing the nation's cities. He has also watched out for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, a major military installation in his district, protecting it during defense base cutbacks.
Turner has been active in trying to preserve the spirit of the Wright brothers — who were Dayton natives — sponsoring a resolution naming Dayton as the birthplace of aviation, a bill that glided through Congress over the objections of North Carolina lawmakers.
He was one of Ohio's first elected veteran Republicans to endorse Mitt Romney for president, in January of 2012. Turner had just avoided what loomed as a tough primary when Rep. Steve Austria announced he would retire from Congress. Remapping of Ohio's districts after the 2010 Census had pitted the two Republican incumbents against each other in the 10th District.
Turner helped protect funding for a community development program that cities rely on to pay for low-income housing, job creation and urban renewal. The program was threatened under President George W. Bush's administration.
As chairman of a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee, Turner led five hearings in three cities to collect information on the development program and later filed a committee report and wrote to the president, concluding that the program is an important tool for communities.
He pushed for increased funding for the M-1 Abrams tank and also asked the Army to respect the wishes of Dayton-area residents whose neighborhood was being considered as a disposal site for a substance produced by neutralizing a deadly nerve agent. The Army later decided not to use the neighborhood as a disposal site.
Turner supported Bush's tax cuts and an energy bill that would have allowed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. He voted to ban a late-term abortion procedure and to protect gun manufacturers from liability if someone misuses a gun. He opposed the 2010 health care reform bill.
Turner was aggressively critical of the Veterans Administration leadership in Ohio after a hygiene scandal at the Dayton VA Medical Center's dental clinic. A dentist who failed to change gloves or sterilize instruments between patients led to blood tests for hundreds of veterans in 2011. There was an overhaul at the hospital, and a new director was chosen. Turner challenged the VA to provide veterans across the nation with the quality of medical care "they have earned."
Committee Assignments: Armed Services; Oversight and Government Reform
American Conservative Union Rating: 72
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 10
Recent winning percentages for office currently held: 68% (2010), 63% (2008), 59% (2006).
(Last updated by Dan Sewell on April 26, 2012.)