Michael Turner

Michael Turner


TURNER Reacts to House-Passed NDAA


Congressman Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Subcommittee, released the following statement after the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act for FY17.

“I am proud of the work we have started with the National Defense Authorization Act which will begin the process of rebuilding our military and restoring readiness back into the force. This bill stops the harmful end-strength reductions in our military services and begins the process of reversing this damaging trend in reducing our military capacity.

“I look forward to working with the new Administration as we use this NDAA as a starting point to rebuild our military to face evolving threats head on.”



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TURNER Reacts to Selection of General James Mattis to Serve as Defense Secretary


Congressman Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Subcommittee, released the following statement after President-elect Donald Trump announced his selection of General James Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense:


“The selection of General James Mattis is an encouraging step forward. This choice makes it clear that President-elect Trump is serious about rebuilding our military and keeping national defense a top priority. I look forward to working with President-elect Trump and General Mattis in the near future.”




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TURNER Condemns Terror Attack at OSU


Congressman Turner, a senior member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after reports indicated ISIS claimed credit for the recent attack at Ohio State University leaving eleven people wounded.  

“The terror attack on innocent American citizens at Ohio State University is deplorable and further demonstrates an appalling ideology that aims to strike fear in all Americans. These attacks only strengthen our resolve and values of freedom, rule of law and commitment to the right of each and every individual to live free from fear and violence.”


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TURNER: Army Announcement Step In The Right Direction


Congressman Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Subcommittee, released the following statement after the Army announced they would convert an existing infantry brigade combat team to an armored brigade combat team.

“I commend and support the Army’s recent decision to convert an Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCTs) to an Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCTs). As Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, restoring critical Army Readiness shortfalls and increasing current Army end-strength has been a top priority for the Subcommittee.

“I believe this plan is a good first step in returning the Army to where it needs to be in terms of full spectrum capability and reducing current levels of risk.  I look forward to continuing to work with the Army to develop ways to increase their ABCT force structure, either through growing more ABCTs or through converting another IBCT.”

 During a Heritage Foundation event on November 16th, 2016 to mark the release of Heritage’s 2017 Index of U.S. Military Strength report where Congressman Turner was the keynote speaker, Congressman Turner had indicated that a potential option the Army could consider in order to improve lethality and capability of Brigade Combat Teams would be to convert an existing infantry brigade combat team to an armored brigade combat team as soon as possible.  



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TURNER & Portman Discuss Opioid Epidemic with Dayton Community Leaders


Today, Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) hosted a roundtable discussion on the opioid and heroin epidemic in Dayton. Turner and Portman were joined by Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, first responders, drug addiction and treatment stakeholders, and other community leaders to discuss ways in which the federal government can better partner with state and local practices to combat this epidemic that has devastated southwest Ohio. 

“The opioid epidemic is a crisis that continues to take a toll on our communities here in Ohio and across the country. I continue to work with those in our community who work to end this epidemic each day to identify ways we can provide them the resources needed to end this fight,” said Congressman Turner. “I would like to thank Senator Portman and Sheriff Plummer for their work to make sure our first responders and law enforcement are able meet the epidemic head on. Today’s discussion has placed us one step closer to working toward effective solutions that we can implement in our community and help those who battle this addiction every day.”

“I want to thank Sheriff Plummer, our first responders, and all those on the front lines of this epidemic for your daily fight against this addiction epidemic,” said Senator Portman. “We’re facing a national crisis, but the battle against this rising tide of addiction won’t be won in Washington; it’ll be won in local communities like Dayton. But Washington can be a better partner with them and make sure they have the tools and the resources needed to win this battle, and that’s why CARA’s comprehensive approach is so important.  I recently worked to secure $37 million in new funding to help get CARA’s grant programs up and running as quickly as possible, and I will continue to partner with community leaders in Dayton to make a difference for the hundreds of thousands of Ohioans who’ve been impacted by this disease.” 

Congressman Turner has been working with the community to draft legislation to help those who have been affected by the opioid epidemic starting with children born addicted to heroin and working to ensure those who are incarcerated for opioid abuse receive the treatment they need to recover. 

Congressman Turner has been fighting the opioid epidemic in Dayton since 2013:

  • December 18, 2013: Toured Soin Medical Center, where issue of Heroin-Exposed Newborns was raised.
  • March 10, 2014: Met with area hospitals to discuss the growing issue of Heroin-Exposed Newborns.
  • May 15, 2014: Visited Dayton Children’s Hospital NICU to discuss infant heroin exposure and the withdrawal and recovery process.
  • June 30, 2014: Held a Community Forum on the Effects of the Heroin Epidemic on Newborns.
  • August 27, 2014: Visited the Women’s Recovery Center.
  • May 2015: Held Community Summit on Heroin-Exposed Infants.
  • August 21, 2015: Toured Greene County Jail and Green Leaf Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program; met with criminal justice system administrators and substance abuse and mental health leadership.
  • November 18, 2015: Met with ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli and introduced the TREAT Act with Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (MA-3).
  • May 12, 2016: The House passed an amendment he cosponsored to increase access to treatment for pregnant women struggling with substance abuse.
  • May 25, 2016: Introduced CRIB Act to help expand access to specialized treatment and recovery options for infants suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a withdrawal condition in newborns often caused by use of opioids and other addictive substances in pregnant women.


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TURNER and Tiberi: We must work together to strengthen Ohio’s Defense Installations


Congressman Turner and Congressman Tiberi toured Wright-Patterson Air Force Base this morning. This tour comes after Congressman Turner hosted the first Ohio Defense Forum in Columbus emphasizing the importance of strengthening Ohio’s defense installations and the communities that house them.  

Congressman Turner:

“I would like to thank Congressman Tiberi for joining me today at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Ohio has 9 military installations and offers a wide array of capabilities, which further demonstrates the breadth of Ohio’s military presence. As the defense community battles budget cuts and possible BRAC, we must work together at the federal and state level in Ohio to ensure our men and women are equipped with the best resources to complete the mission.”

Congressman Tiberi:

“It is an honor to work with the Ohio delegation to support Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. It is vitally important that we ensure our service members have the resources they need to carry out their mission and keep our nation safe and secure. That is why I am so pleased to have a representative in this region like Congressman Mike Turner. He has worked tirelessly to highlight Ohio’s role in building our defense industry, and I sincerely thank him for his leadership. With his help, we will continue to work with key stakeholders in central Ohio and across the state to take advantage of all available opportunities to keep the defense community strong.”


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TURNER Named ‘Hero of Main Street’


Congressman Turner was awarded the ‘Hero of Main Street’ Award by the National Retail Federation and the US Chamber of Commerce for his continued support of the retail industry and pro-growth policies:

“I am honored to be named a ‘Hero of Main Street.’  I will continue to fight to strengthen our economy and work to bring more jobs to the Miami Valley. I would like to thank the National Retail Federation and the US Chamber of Commerce. Together, we continue to fight for pro-jobs and pro-growth policies in Congress.”

Phil Parker, President of the Dayton Area of Chamber of Commerce, John Marshal, Owner of Grismer Tires, Gordon M. Gough, President and Chief Executive Officer Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and Affiliates and Alex Boehnke, Public Affairs, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants presented Congressman Turner with the award at the Schuster Performing Arts Center on Main Street in Dayton, Ohio. 


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TURNER Establishes Citizens’ Panel to Name Dayton Courthouse


Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement to announce the development of a Citizens’ Commemoration Panel to name the Dayton Federal Building and United States Courthouse. The Panel is tasked with providing Congressman Turner a recommendation to name the federal building.

Congressman Turner will introduce legislation to name the courthouse using the Panel’s recommendation.

“I am grateful to the members of our community who have volunteered to serve on this important panel. The courthouse has served the federal government and the Miami Valley for over forty years and providing it with a formal designation is long past due. I look forward to introducing legislation to honor an individual who has served the Dayton community and the courthouse with the Panel’s recommendation.”

Congressman Turner has appointed Merle F. Wilberding as Chairman of the Citizens’ Panel.

The names of the panelists are as follows:

  • Merle F. Wilberding, Chairman
  • Amanda Wright Lane
  • Charles J. Faruki
  • Idotha “Bootsie” Neal
  • Kermit F. Lowery
  • Honorable Margaret M. Quinn
  • Brady Kress
  • Reverend Wilburt “Bill” Shanklin
  • County Commissioner Deborah A. Lieberman
  • Mayor Mary McDonald


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Day Two: Ohio Defense Forum Looks to the Future of Defense in Ohio


Congressman Turner, Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, hosted the first Ohio Defense Forum in Columbus, Ohio. The two-day forum closed this afternoon after hosting defense industry professionals from across the state:

“Over the last two days, we were able to share ideas and discuss how we can strengthen Ohio’s defense communities and address the issue of readiness across the military. The ongoing partnership between government, military, and the defense industry is absolutely critical. I would like to thank everyone who attended and all those who helped to make this event possible and an incredible success.” 

The second and final day of The Ohio Defense Forum came to a close this afternoon. The panels for the second day covered the state of defense and how we can prepare for the future, the importance of building state and regional defense communities and garnering community support for Ohio’s military installations.  For more information, please visit the Ohio Defense Forum website.


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TURNER Discusses Future of Defense at Ohio Defense Forum


Congressman Turner, Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, moderated a panel discussing the future of defense during the second and final day of The Ohio Defense Forum in Columbus, Ohio.

“The state of the defense community finds itself at a crossroads, whether it is navigating the defense budget or a possible BRAC we must ensure  that our installations remain adaptable to change. It is important we maintain the ongoing partnership between government and the defense industry so that we can have the open and frank conversations necessary to keep the U.S. military the best in the world. The current threat environment is one that continues to evolve every day. We must remain mindful of the strain placed on our readiness capabilities as we look to the future.” 

Congressman Turner moderated the State of Defense Now and into the Future Overview Panel at The Ohio Defense Forum. The panelists included:

·      Lucian Neimeyer, President of The Niemeyer Group

·      George Schlossberg, Kutak Rock

·      Dr. Zachary Mears, Assistant Vice President for National Security Programs and Research, The Ohio State University.

For more information, please visit the Ohio Defense Forum website.


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Rep. Mike Turner Floor Speech on NDAA and Military Sexual Assault Reforms

2013-12-12 20:59:08

Congressman Mike Turner on Pearl Harbor Day

2013-12-07 17:27:44

Congressman Turner on WHIO at GM Moraine Plant

2013-11-26 16:52:45

Congressman Mike Turner One Minute Floor Speech on Sequestration Effects on Business

2013-11-20 17:40:13

Rep. Mike Turner Nov. 13 Floor Speech on Sequestration

2013-11-14 15:50:23

Congressman Mike Turner Talks about Child Custody Legislation

2013-11-07 16:42:15

On This Day: Ohio Natives Patent Cash Register

2013-11-04 20:54:24

Chairman Turner Opening Statement at Tactical Air and Land Hearing

2013-10-25 04:42:23

Turner Statement on Debt Ceiling Vote

2013-10-17 18:46:30

Congressman Turner Closing Statement on HR 3223 - Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act

2013-10-05 15:07:47

Opening statements on HR 3223 the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act.

2013-10-05 15:02:15

Turner Floor Speech on Civilian Furloughs

2013-10-04 19:11:09

Varney & Co.

2013-09-20 17:48:24

Congressman Mike Turner Questions the Joint Chiefs of Staff Concerning Sequestration in FY 2014

2013-09-18 21:15:02

Congressman Mike Turner Questions Members of SIGTARP, the GAO, and the President's Auto Task Force

2013-09-17 20:57:15

Congressman Mike Turner Delivers Opening Remarks During House OGR Hearing

2013-09-17 20:57:01

Congressman Turner Challenges Secretary Hagel on Wright-Patterson Funds and Syria Costs

2013-09-10 19:52:58

Congressman Mike Turner Talks Syria and Seuqestration with Varney and Co

2013-09-09 19:15:31

Congressman Mike Turner Discusses U.S. Military Intervention in Syria and Sequestration (CNN)

2013-09-09 19:15:31

Congressman Mike Turner Talks with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business Concerning Action in Syria

2013-09-09 19:15:31

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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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