Congressman Turner released the following statement after VA Secretary McDonald signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to formally describe the VA’s intention to establish a history center, restore to historic buildings on the Dayton VA Medical Center campus, and set up the VA history program headquartered in Dayton.
“Making Dayton the home of the VA archives has been a longstanding goal that I have worked for with our community and I look forward to seeing this honor come to life. Our region remains dedicated to our nation’s veterans and the deep history of our military.”
Congressman Turner has worked to secure the VA National Archives throughout his time in Congress:
• On January 28, 2008, Congressman Turner hosted senior officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Park Service at the Dayton VA campus. Congressman Turner’s leadership in highlighting the historic significance of the campus began the effort to secure the VA National Archives in Dayton.
• On July 21st, 2010 Congressman Turner sent a letter to Secretary Shinseki on the importance of locating VHA Archives at the Medical Center campus in Dayton, Ohio.
• On July 23, 2010 Congressman Turner lead an Ohio Delegation in letter to VA Secretary Shinseki to urge the placement of VA Archives in Dayton.
• In 2011, Congressman Turner sent a letter to Veterans Administration Medical Center Acting Director William Montague urging him to award Dayton the VA Archives facility.
Congressman Turner spoke on the House floor in support of S. 84 - To provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces.
“It is imperative that the Department of Defense not lose continuity in leadership, administration, and governance—General Mattis must be confirmed expeditiously.”
Congressman Turner released the following statement after receiving U. S. Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service Award from Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning:
This award is the highest civilian award presented by the Army.
“I am honored to receive the U. S. Army Decoration Distinguished Civilian Service Award. I am a proud advocate for our men and women in the military. I would like to thank Secretary Fanning for this award and I look forward to working with him in the future on strengthening the U.S. Army.”
Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning is a graduate of Centerville High School in Congressman Turner’s district.
The award reads:
The Honorable Michael Turner is awarded the decoration for distinguished civilian service as a member of the United States House of Representatives and as Chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Subcommittee during the 114th Congress. Representative Turner was a tireless advocate for Army equities and demonstrated steadfast support for increased Army end strength. This support was instrumental in ensuring the Army is best positioned to meet the challenges of the future. He worked diligently to build a strong coalition of support to overcome the fiscal and political challenges inherent in supporting our Army’s priorities. His leadership on sexual assault legislation was critical to assisting the Army in providing the best care for victims and that proper resources were available to address this important topic. Representative Turner’s distinctive accomplishments and unwavering commitment reflect great credit upon him, the United States House of Representatives, and the United States of America.
U.S. Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service
The Department of the Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service was established by directive of the Secretary of the Army in May 1956. This award consists of a gold medal, lapel button and certificate. This award recognizes distinguished service toward the accomplishment of the Army's mission.
The Secretary of the Army awards this decoration to those who provide distinguished service that makes a substantial contribution to the accomplishment of the Army's missions. Eligible individuals include, employees of the Federal Government, officials at the policy development level, Army contractors, and technical personnel who serve the Army in an advisory capacity or as consultants. Army civilian employees are not eligible, as they are eligible for Department of the Army Honorary Awards, nor are military personnel.
Congressman Turner released the following statement after the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385 (ATU) reached a tentative agreement, which will allow for full bus service to resume Friday morning.
"I would like to congratulate both parties on reaching a tentative agreement. RTA’s continued service to our community’s students, elderly and every day riders remains unmatched. I appreciate the continued dedication and hard work of the Dayton RTA employees. I hope to see this agreement approved and enacted as soon as possible.”
Congressman Turner released the following statement after House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry announced subcommittee chairmen for the 115th Congress.
“I look forward to continuing the important work we were able to accomplish on this subcommittee last Congress. My top priority remains repealing sequestration and restoring military readiness and capability with respect to air and land forces through effective modernization strategies. I will continue to fight to equip our warfighters with the resources they need to carry out their mission and keep our nation safe.”
Congressman Turner will serve as the Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee for the second time.
Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement after being appointed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:
“It is an honor to serve again on the House Intelligence Committee. As our country faces evolving threats to our security at home and abroad, I will make certain our intelligence community has the support they need to accurately carry out their objectives and keep the American people safe.”
This will be Congressman Turner’s second term on the Intelligence Committee.
Congressman Turner released the following statement after reintroducing three pieces of important healthcare legislation:
“As we move to repeal and replace Obamacare, I have reintroduced three important pieces of legislation that will make certain this law is dismantled. This healthcare package would eliminate the growth-hindering effects of the President’s healthcare law. The medical device tax and the individual and employer mandates are two of the most significant, ill-advised policies and my package of bills would fix this once and for all.
“Additionally, the Student Job Protection Act would mitigate the job killing effects of Obamacare that hurt students who are employed by an institution of higher education and who receive healthcare coverage. I will continue to fight to ensure everyone has access to quality, affordable healthcare and these three bills place us on a path to achieve that goal.”
Congressman Turner released the following statement after voting for H. Res. 11 - Objecting to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace, and for other purposes.
“At the final hour of this administration’s term, they continue to work against peace between Israel and Palestine and continue to undermine Israel’s standing as a global partner. I continue to strongly support Israel and I look forward to working with the new administration on strengthening this important relationship."
Congressman Turner released the following statement after speaking with Vice President-elect Mike Pence during his meeting with House Republicans at the Capitol this morning:
“This morning, I relayed my top priority to Vice President-elect Pence and it is a simple one: repeal sequestration. President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on rebuilding our military and ending sequestration. We must begin this process of rebuilding our military and restoring readiness back into our force immediately. I asked the Vice President-elect to work with Congress to repeal sequestration as a top priority of the next administration.”
Congressman Turner released the following statement after Speaker of the House Paul Ryan swore in the 115th session of Congress.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with the new administration as we move the economy forward and strengthen our national defense capabilities.”
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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.
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Today, I spoke on the House floor in support of General James Mattis as the next Secretary of Defense. https://t.co/BJuf8ryZLR
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