Michael Turner

Michael Turner

OHIO's 10th DISTRICT

Turner to Co-Chair to Air Force Caucus for 114th Congress

2015/03/18

WASHINGTON, DC – March 18, 2015 – The House Air Force Caucus has announced its bipartisan leadership team for the 114th Congress.  The Air Force Caucus co-chairs are: Congressman Michael R. Turner (R-OH), Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU) and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA). The Caucus currently has more than 70 members. The Air Force Caucus seeks to educate other Members of Congress on the Air Force’s role in national defense and raise pertinent issues related to Air Force manpower, capabilities, and missions. The Caucus hosts events throughout the year with Air Force leaders, and holds discussions with members and staff about current issues affecting the Air Force and ways to shape policies that enhance the Air Force’s ability to carry out its role protecting American national security interests. Below please find short bios and statements from each co-chair: Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) is the Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and represents both the City of Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Congress. With roughly 27,000 people working on or stationed at the base, Wright-Patterson is the largest single-site employer in the state and is one of the largest Air Force installations in the world. “It’s an honor to continue to serve as a co-chair of the Air Force Caucus,” said Congressman Turner. “This bipartisan and bicameral forum provides an opportunity to directly engage the perspectives of the leaders of our Air Force and discuss the issues that are most important to our airmen. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Rep. Tsongas, Rep. Johnson, and Rep. Bordallo to make certain that our airmen at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and around the world have the support and tools that they need to carry out their missions and maintain our technical superiority in the air.” Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), a decorated war hero and native Texan, ranks among the few Members of Congress to have fought in combat. During his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Sam flew combat missions in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. After his service in the Korean War, Sam served as director of the Air Force Fighter Weapons School and also flew the F-100 Super Sabre with the elite Air Force Thunderbirds. It was during his 25th combat mission in Vietnam that Sam was shot down and taken to the infamous Hanoi Hilton as a POW. He endured nearly seven years as a POW, including 42 months in solitary confinement with ten other "diehard" POWs, self-named the Alcatraz Gang.  While in the Hanoi Hilton, Sam and his POW buddies decided that when they got out that they would stop griping about the government's problems and start fixing it. As the Representative for Texas' 3rd District, Sam upholds constitutional conservative values and actively supports America's servicemen and women - both active duty and veterans.  "It is an honor to serve as co-chair of this important Air Force Caucus,” said Congressman Johnson. “Our airmen bravely serve Our Great Nation in a unique capacity, and it is important that Congress understands and meets the needs of our Air Force so that our airmen are able to effectively do their jobs and protect our Homeland. I look forward to a productive year supporting our airmen - they selflessly serve us all on a daily basis."  Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) represents the U.S. Territory of Guam and is the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness. As Guam’s Delegate to Congress, Bordallo represents the western most territory of the United States. Guam is home Andersen Air Force Base, which provides the U.S. Air Force with a  forward presence in the Asia-Pacific region and is critical to supporting U.S. operations and our allies in the region. Ms. Bordallo has previously served as a co-chair of the Air Force Caucus during the 113th Congress. “I am proud to continue to serve as a co-chair of the Air Force Caucus for the 114th Congress,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “The Caucus has been critical to better educating members of Congress of the important role our Air Force plays in our national security and the unique capabilities it provides our nation to deter and address a broad range of contingencies around the world. As Guam’s representative in Congress and member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have a deep appreciation of the many sacrifices our airmen, and all servicemembers, make to keep our country safe. Guam is home to Andersen Air Force Base, home of the 36th Wing, and host to the Continuous Bomber Presence which is critical to air projection in the Asia-Pacific region. I am glad to have Congresswoman Tsongas as my other Democratic co-chair, along with Congressmen Turner and Johnson as our Republican co-chairs.  I look forward to continuing to support our Air Force during the 114th Congress and providing them with the tools and resources they need to fulfill their missions.” Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA), whose father was an Air Force Colonel who survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor, grew up on Air Force bases around the world. She is also currently a member of the Air Force Academy’s Board of Visitors. Hanscom Air Force Base, one of the U.S. military’s premier acquisition management facilities,is located in Massachusetts. Tsongas also serves as co-chair of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus. “I am honored to serve as a co-chair of the bipartisan Air Force Caucus and I look forward to using this position to work with both the Air Force and my colleagues in Congress to find the best policies to support the men and women serving in the U.S. Air Force,” said Congresswoman Tsongas. “Massachusetts is home to the only active duty Air Force base in New England, Hanscom Air Force Base, and I have developed a strong appreciation for the vital work done there. I also have seen firsthand how the Air Force has been able to capitalize on the high-tech cluster of academia and industry in Massachusetts. This peerless intellectual ecosystem has proven essential to enhance our nation’s security and ensure that the United States Air Force remains second to none. I look forward to drawing from the great work being done in Massachusetts as the Caucus works to best meet the needs of our Air Force. I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve in this leadership role and look forward to working with Congressman Turner, Congressman Johnson and Congresswoman Bordallo.”   #### Read More

Washington Post: Rep. Turner for the defense

2015/03/17

Rep. Turner for the defense The Washington Post By: Jennifer Rubin March 17, 2015 Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) is a key voice leading the charge against a misguided defense budget. Earlier this month, he rounded up 70 Republicans to write a letter to the speaker deploring the anticipated budget that would under-fund defense. “The protection of our national defense and of the security of the American people must come first. Every member who signed this letter was unwavering in their commitment to vote against a budget resolution that fails to fully fund national defense at or above the $561 billion identified by the President in his budget request.” Unfortunately, we got a budget today that barely differs from the president’s. In an Armed Services Committee hearing there was this exchange with General Raymond T. Odierno, the Chief of Staff of the Army: REP. MIKE TURNER:  . . . You testified last week that only 33% of our brigades are ready when our sustained readiness rate should be closer to 70%. This number is disturbing both because of its significance to our military and the effects of it. When a Brigade Combat Team or BCT – which is the essential building block of the Army’s combat power – isn’t ready and the Army isn’t ready to fight but they go to fight. General Odierno, could you describe to us doesn’t this mean that more people will get injured or killed? It isn’t just an issue of readiness, risk, capability, or mission? It’s that more people will get injured or killed? Is that correct? GENERAL ODIERNO: That’s absolutely right Congressman. It means it will take us longer to do our mission, it will cost us in lives and it will cost us in injuries and it could potentially cost us in achieving the goals we are attempting to achieve as well. REP. MIKE TURNER: So the translation we need is: we can lose, people will die, and people will be injured. GENERAL ODIERNO: That is correct sir. REP. MIKE TURNER: Now General, if we go to full sequestration for FY2016 and that’s an issue that’s beyond just what the budget is, your goal of taking our brigades to 70% of readiness, how do you accomplish that? GENERAL ODIERNO: We will not. What we will do – as you mentioned with 33% ready now, that will go down with sequestration, probably to somewhere around 25%. We will have to focus all our resources on a small part of the force just to meet every day requirements that we have in the Army.  The rest of the force will go untrained and that means that if they are needed, they will not be able to do the job we expect them to do. And our sons and daughters will be asked to do things without the proper training or proper readiness of their equipment REP. MIKE TURNER: Which again means that more people will be injured or killed? GENERAL ODIERNO: That is correct sir.  Leadership will pick off many votes for the budget from Turner’s letter, but many may still resist the entreaties to sign onto a dangerous budget that is coincidentally also politically foolish. As Mackenzie Eaglan explains, the most likely outcome will be this: The defense appropriations bill that passes the House will match the legal spending caps for the core defense budget at $499 billion for 2016. . . . Congress will seek to add additional emergency supplemental funds – or overseas contingency operations (OCO) money – for defense above President Obama’s levels, but much of it will ultimately be stripped out during floor debate. . . . The defense spending bills that pass in both chambers will not become law. Most likely, the federal government will start the fiscal year operating under another continuing resolution (CR). . . All eyes will turn to the Budget Committee chairmen to craft a follow on to the Ryan-Murray Bipartisan Budget Act to stanch the bleeding and triage the patient (defense) while providing some fiscal certainty and relief for the military later this summer or early fall. But this could have been done differently. “The House GOP leadership took the easy way out — politically and budgetary. This resolution will do little to draw support from policymakers with a deep understanding of the crisis in defense and will likely end up failing for not pleasing any bloc in the party, including defense hawks, fiscal hawks and appropriators. For the Pentagon, this means another long year of budget uncertainty with no foresight into how or when the budgetary process will end and at what spending levels. That hurts not only the military, but taxpayers as well since it creates inefficiency and drives up program and planning costs across the largest federal agency.” Perhaps the House and then the Senate will reconsider this and at least put on the president’s desk responsible legislation that adequately funds the first priority of the federal government.   Read More

ICYMI: Turner Questions Military Leaders on Sequestration

2015/03/17

If Sequestration takes effect in FY2016, "...we can lose, people will die, and people will be injured..."[[{"fid":"381","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Washington, DC: Today, the House Armed Services Committee conducted a full committee hearing regarding the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Budget request from the military departments. See below for a portion of Congressman Mike Turner’s exchange with General Raymond T. Odierno, the Chief of Staff of the Army. REP. MIKE TURNER:  As you are all aware, today the House Budget Committee unveiled its budget and it will be funding the Department of Defense at the sequestration number, which I oppose and I think most people in this room oppose...  But I have had this conversation with most of you. The more we talk in this room about the effects of sequestration the less we win. Because we are all on the same page. But we’ve got to get the message outside of this room. And unfortunately in this room, when we talk about sequestration, we use words like readiness, risk, capability, mission. General Odierno, I’m going to ask you to help give us some clarity, beyond words of readiness, risk, capability, and mission. You testified last week that only 33% of our brigades are ready when our sustained readiness rate should be closer to 70%. This number is disturbing both because of its significance to our military and the effects of it. When a Brigade Combat Team or BCT—which is the essential building block of the Army’s combat power— isn’t ready and the Army isn’t ready to fight but they go to fight. General Odierno, could you describe to us doesn’t this mean that more people will get injured or killed? It isn’t just an issue of readiness, risk, capability, or mission? It’s that more people will get injured or killed? Is that correct? GENERAL ODIERNO: That’s absolutely right Congressman. It means it will take us longer to do our mission, it will cost us in lives and it will cost us in injuries and it could potentially cost us in achieving the goals we are attempting to achieve as well. REP. MIKE TURNER: So the translation we need is: we can lose, people will die, and people will be injured. GENERAL ODIERNO: That is correct sir.  REP. MIKE TURNER: Now General, if we go to full sequestration for FY2016 and that’s an issue that’s beyond just what the budget is, your goal of taking our brigades to 70% of readiness, how do you accomplish that?  GENERAL ODIERNO: We will not. What we will do –as you mentioned with 33% ready now, that will go down with sequestration, probably to somewhere around 25%. We will have to focus all our resources on a small part of the force just to meet every day requirements that we have in the Army.  The rest of the force will go untrained and that means that if they are needed, they will not be able to do the job we expect them to do. And our sons and daughters will be asked to do things without the proper training or proper readiness of their equipment REP. MIKE TURNER: Which again means that more people will be injured or killed? GENERAL ODIERNO: That is correct sir.  Read More

Turner Denounces Obama’s Secret Deal with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

2015/03/12

Washington, DC: Following press reports that President Obama negotiated a secret deal with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and unilaterally agreed not to provide lethal assistance to Ukraine, Congressman Mike Turner sent a letter to the president requesting that he: (1) Immediately brief Congress on any and all details related to the alleged negotiations. (2) Finally provide Ukraine with the lethal assistance necessary to defend their country. “As Putin continues to send Russian troops and military equipment across the Ukrainian border in blatant violation of the ceasefire agreement, it appears that the President has covertly and unilaterally decided to deny lethal assistance to the Ukrainian military.  This decision continues President Obama’s pattern of formulating secret deals, failing to consult with Congress, and disregarding the opinions of his own administration,” said Turner. “The President should immediately reverse his position, provide Congress with any and all details relevant to these negotiations, and make certain the Ukrainian military has the resources necessary to defend their country,” said Turner. -- Over the last year, Congressman Turner has repeatedly pushed the Obama Administration to confront the reality of the Russian threat and to provide the Ukrainians with the defensive weapons they need to adequately confront Putin’s increasingly aggressive posture. In March of 2014, Congressman Turner urged Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to immediately provide Ukraine with the critical intelligence required to fully understand the severity of the Russian threat. Instead, nearly ten months later, an intelligence gap between the Ukrainian military and the United States government remains and the administration is only now “taking a fresh look” at the situation.  Last April, the armed forces of Ukraine asked the Obama administration for both lethal and non-lethal aid. Along with a bipartisan coalition of members, Congressman Turner urged the president to provide this assistance and to help make certain the Ukrainian forces were appropriately equipped to combat pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists. The president failed to do so.  Additionally, this past fall, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed a joint session of Congress and strongly reiterated his request for “more military equipment, both lethal and non-lethal, urgently,” arguing “one cannot win the war with blankets.” Notably, he stated, “In Ukraine, you don’t build a democracy. It already exists. You just defend it.” Instead of aiding Ukraine with the systems they specifically requested, the United States has persisted with its policy of solely providing non-lethal aid.   [[{"fid":"378","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-full"}}]] [[{"fid":"379","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Read More

TURNER: Iran is a Threat to the United States

2015/03/03

Washington, DC: Today, following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress, Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces released the following statement:  “A nuclear Iran is unacceptable. Iran’s turbulent past, along with its unstable central government prove that the country cannot be trusted, especially when negotiating issues like weapons of mass destructions. For this reason, I have long opposed any negotiated deals between Iran and the international community that would allow Iran to maintain a nuclear program in any form. As Prime Minister Netanyahu noted today, a nuclear Iran is a dangerous threat to Israel and to the entire international community. Preventing a nuclear Iran is undeniably critical to the national security of the United States.  We must work together with the nation of Israel and all our allies to confront this serious threat,” said Turner. Congressman Turner is the former Chairman and current member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. Under his leadership, the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces provided strong support to the Iron Dome short-range rocket defense system. For FY 2015, Congressman Turner has strongly supported additional support for the Iron Dome.  Read More

Turner: Obama’s Turnaround on the Abrams Tank is a Clear Victory

2015/03/02

Dayton, OH: Today, Congressman Mike Turner toured the Lima Tank Plant facility. Congressman Turner chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land forces, which has direct oversight of the acquisition of the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank Program. The Lima Tank Plant is the only facility that modernizes Abrams tanks for the military services.   This year, for the first time in his presidency, President Obama did not propose cuts or program cancellations that would have shutdown the Abrams Tank plant.  Specifically, President Obama’s FY2016 budget proposal included more than $445 million to accelerate the next major upgrade to the Abrams Tank and to sustain the Lima tank production facility.  “Despite a yearly effort from President Obama to cut critical funding, Congress has been able to work successfully in a bipartisan and bicameral way to protect the industrial base and keep the Lima Tank plant open. This year’s turn-around from the Administration is a clear victory for the Abrams Tank and a confirmation that our work and advocacy has been effective,” said Turner.    Congressman Turner has long fought to prevent any production break of the Abrams Tank and consistently been a voice for both the plant and it’s workforce.  This year, Congressman Turner authored and fought to include language in the FY2015 NDAA that recognizes the necessity of the Abrams Tank to our national security and encouraged the Army to consider acceleration of the next series of major upgrades for Abrams Tanks. The language also authorized an additional $120 million for these critical upgrades for Abrams Tanks.    “Keeping the production lines open here in Lima, Ohio is critical to maintaining the defense industrial base.  This critical resource cannot be turned on and off like a light switch; any production break or temporary shutdown at the Lima Tank Plant would not only result in the loss of technical expertise that might never return, but would threaten the national security of the United States,” said Turner.    #### Read More

Turner: A Budget that Fails to Fully Fund Defense Will Not Pass the House

2015/03/02

Washington, DC:  Congressman Mike Turner led 70 members of Congress in an effort to end the devastating effects of sequestration on our Defense Department and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.   On Friday February 27, the lawmakers sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner to ask for his support and leadership to ensure that national defense is adequately funded at or above the $561 billion included in the President’s budget request.  “Seventy individual members have made it clear that a budget that fails to fully fund defense will not pass the House of Representatives,” said Turner.  “The protection of our national defense and of the security of the American people must come first. Every member who signed this letter was unwavering in their commitment to vote against a budget resolution that fails to fully fund national defense at or above the $561 billion identified by the President in his budget request,” said Turner. [[{"fid":"376","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-full"}}]]   Read More

Turner Takes Action to Strengthen Taxpayer Protection:

2015/02/26

Washington, D.C. –Congressman Mike Turner, a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, reintroduced The Taxpayer Nondiscrimination & Protection Act renewed his years-long push to make certain that America taxpayers are protected. This legislation would amend Title 18 of the U.S. Code to make it a crime for an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee to discriminate against an individual or group on the basis of their protected rights. In addition, it expressly clarifies that political speech and political expression are protected rights.   “This legislation takes action. No matter which party controls the White House, taxpayers deserve to be treated fairly. As Congress continues to investigate the IRS, we must also make certain that the proper corrective mechanisms are in place to protect American taxpayers from any act of wrongful discrimination by the federal government’s tax collectors,” said Turner.  Currently, IRS employees who discriminate against taxpayers may be subject to a maximum penalty of termination and then only at the discretion of their supervisors.  Congressman Turner’s bill would make it a crime for an IRS employee to target an individual or group based on their beliefs. This legislation would increase the maximum penalty to a $5,000 fine, 5 years in prison, or both - which is the same maximum penalty for a member of the president's cabinet who directs an employee to take that sort of action.  “When the IRS unfairly targeted individuals on the basis of their political beliefs, the IRS badly damaged the trust of the American public in its ability to act in a fair, nonpartisan, and nondiscriminatory manner. This legislation takes an important step to restore that weakened trust and strongly deter any future acts of discrimination,” said Turner.  ### Read More

Turner on CNN: The Threat Against the Mall of America is a Terrorist Attack

2015/02/23

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Turner and Ryan Continue the Fight for Delphi Salaried Retirees

2015/02/23

Washington, DC: Friday afternoon, Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) and Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) introduced legislation that would extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) for the Delphi Salaried Retirees.   With the expiration of the HCTC on January 1, 2014, tens of thousands of families across the country have struggled to pay their health bills.  The legislation would restore the HCTC for five years and provide these retirees with the certainty and stability they need.  “More than five years ago, 20,000 Delphi Salaried Retirees unjustly lost up to seventy percent of their pensions during the GM bankruptcy,” said Rep. Turner. "For the last year, these retirees have been forced to use up to fifty percent of their remaining pensions to pay for their health care. This legislation would provide much-needed relief for thousands of families who have already lost so much.” “The Health Coverage Tax Credit will give relief to thousands of Delphi salaried retirees and dislocated and retired United Steelworkers (USW) who have had their pensions and healthcare significantly reduced through no fault of their own,” said Rep. Ryan. "It is critical that we pass this legislation and ensure that they receive the affordable coverage they deserve, we cannot leave these hardworking Americans behind.” In November of 2014, Reps. Turner and Ryan sent a bipartisan letter to House leadership reaffirming their strong support for the passage of an extension of the HCTC as part of a year-end tax extenders bill before the 113th Congress adjourned for the year.  In March of 2014, Reps. Turner and Ryan joined a delegation of 28 Members and Senators from across the country in sending a letter to both House and Senate leadership pushing for the extension of the HCTC. In July of 2013, Reps. Turner and Ryan introduced legislation that would have provided the Delphi Salaried Retirees and other eligible individuals the choice of continuing within the HCTC program past the program’s termination date, or upon leaving the program. ### Read More

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A lifelong resident of Dayton, Ohio, Congressman Mike Turner has family roots in Eastern Kentucky. His parents, Ray and Vivian, moved to Dayton in the 1950’s to take advantage of the job opportunities in the manufacturing industry. Mr. Ray Turner worked at General Motors, retiring after 42 years as a member of IUE local 801; and Mrs. Vivian Turner retired from teaching in the Huber Heights School District. Congressman Turner has two daughters, Jessica and Carolyn.

Congressman Turner attended Dayton Public Schools and graduated from Belmont High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio; an MBA from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio; and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to his election to Congress, Turner was in private practice and corporate law for 13 years.

Congressman Turner has a background of community activism having worked with not-for-profit groups focusing on neighborhood concerns, community development, housing code enforcement, and historical preservation. As the two-term Mayor of the City of Dayton, he was a strong proponent of neighborhood revitalization, crime reduction, increased funding for safety forces, economic development and job creation. He created Rehabarama, a private-public partnership to rehabilitate neglected housing in Dayton’s historic neighborhoods, which had significant economic impact on the region, and received national awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Also while serving as Mayor of Dayton, Congressman Turner established a development fund providing more than $19 million in grants for housing and job-producing projects. The development fund sparked investment which resulted in a renaissance of Dayton’s downtown, including a $130 million arts center, a minor league baseball stadium, river front development, loft and upscale housing, additional corporate headquarters, and redevelopment of the former Delco and Frigidaire brownfield area into an office, research, and industrial park. Under Mayor Turner’s leadership, the City of Dayton had a balanced budget for all eight years of his tenure (having not been balanced for the previous five years), added 54 police officers to the force, resulting in a nearly 40 percent reduction in police response time, and closed two adult movie theaters in residential neighborhoods, thus improving the quality of life for Dayton residents.

First elected to the 108th Congress and sworn in January of 2003, Congressman Turner was appointed to the Armed Services Committee, from which he assists Wright-Patterson Air Force Base located in Ohio’s Tenth District, and to the Government Reform Committee, which allows him to contribute his experience as a former mayor to government reform. Congressman Turner’s urban experience was called upon by then House Speaker Dennis Hastert who appointed him Chairman of the new Saving America’s Cities working group. The 24 Member working group was charged with developing goals and principles to help urban America by focusing on economic development issues and encouraging private sector investment in cities.

Continuing his work on urban issues, in the 109th Congress, Turner served as Chairman of the Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census. During his tenure he worked to help save the Community Development Block Grant program from being reduced in funding and combined with several other programs under the control of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In recognition of his efforts, Congressman Turner was the recipient of the American Planning Association’s 2005 Legislator of the Year Award and the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s 2005 National Legislative Leadership Award.

In the 111th Congress, as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Turner was named the Ranking Member on the Strategic Forces Subcommittee. The Strategic Forces Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the nation’s nuclear arsenal, our military assets in outer space, the Department of Defense’s intelligence programs, and also over missile defense systems. Reelected to a fifth term in November of 2010, Congressman Turner served as Chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, and as a Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee for the 112th Congress.In January of 2011, Turner was appointed Chairman of the US Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Parliamentary Assembly – the inter-parliamentary organization of legislators from the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance. The Assembly provides a critical forum for international parliamentary dialogue on an array of security, political and economic matters.

In November of 2012, Congressman Turner was elected to represent the newly created 10th Congressional District, which includes all of Montgomery County, Greene County, and portions of Fayette County.  For the 113th Congress, Turner has been appointed Chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, which conducts oversight of ammunition programs, Army and Air Force acquisition programs, all Navy and Marine Corps aviation programs, National Guard and Army and Air Force National Guard and Reserve. The subcommittee also authorizes procurement and R&D programs to ensure that America’s soldiers and airmen are fully equipped to carry out their mission. This is critical not only to our national security, but to Ohio’s economy as well.  Congressman Turner will continue to serve as a member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee.
In addition to his work on the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Turner is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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