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[LATE NIGHT COMEDY] THIS WEEK SUCKS, TONIGHT! Hosted by ANWAR NEWTON & MICHAEL TURNER
This Week Sucks, Tonight! feat. Anwar Newton
Join us for Late Night Comedy EVERY THURSDAY in the lounge for a weekly roundup of the week in current events including entertainment, music and politics. The brightest standup comedians join hosts Anwar Newton & Michael Turner to recap why This Week Sucks, Tonight!
Michael R. Turner, the Ohio Third District Representative to the United States Congress, brings broad experience in leadership roles, community activities, and elected public office to his Congressional position.
A strong proponent of family values and traditional principles, Congressman Turner is a devoted husband and father. He and his wife Lori have two daughters, Jessica and Carolyn. Mrs. Turner is a professional marketer and is the sole proprietor of Dayton-based Turner Marketing.
A life long resident of Dayton, Ohio, Congressman 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 thriving 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 attended Dayton Public Schools and graduated from Belmont High School. He has 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. Mr. Turner was in private practice and corporate law for 13 years before his election to Congress.
Congressman Turner has a background of community activism with service to not-for-profit groups focusing on neighborhood concerns, zoning issues, 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.
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, after two decades of decline, including a $130 million arts center, a minor league baseball stadium, river front development, loft and upscale housing, additional corporate headquarters, and redevelopment of a brownfield area into a tool and die business 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 on the street resulting in a nearly 40% reduction in police response time, and closed two adult movie theaters in residential neighborhoods, thus improving the quality of life for Dayton residents.
Congressman Turner has state-wide, national, and international experience. As mayor, he served on the Ohio Governor’s Urban Revitalization Task Force, which provided input for urban planning which led to the Clean Ohio Fund, concentrating on brownfield redevelopment and greenspace preservation. On the national level, he co-chaired the Bankers and Brownfields Task Force for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, testifying before Congress to support grant funding and liability relief to third party brownfield property owners. On the international level he pursued trade opportunities with the countries of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia as a result of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords. He also established cultural exchange programs by developing Sister City partnerships with Holon, Israel, and Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Zagreb, Croatia.
In January, 2003, Congressman Turner was appointed to the Armed Services Committee, from which he is able to assist Wright- Patterson Air Force Base located in the Ohio Third District, and to the Government Reform Committee, which allows him to contribute his experience as mayor to government reform.
In December, 2003, Congressman Turner’s urban experience was called on by House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Congressman Turner was named Chairman of the Speaker’s Saving America’s Cities working group. The 24 Member, Saving America’s Cities working group, was charged by the Speaker with developing a list of goals and principles to help urban America, tracking legislative bills that meet the goals of the group and working with committees and Chairmen to help influence the direction of bills. The working group will focus on economic development issues and encouraging private sector investment in cities.
In 2004, Congressman Turner won reelection to a second term with 62% of the vote. He was the only incumbent (not running unopposed) to receive a higher percentage of votes in 2004 than in 2002.
At the beginning of the 109th Congress, Mr. Turner was appointed to serve on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, in addition to his work on the House Armed Services and the Government Reform Committees. He was also named the Chairman of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census.
The new Subcommittee has jurisdiction over all matters relating to inter-governmental relations and aid to the States and localities, including unfunded mandates, grant management reform, brownfields clean-up and redevelopment, and infrastructure; all matters relating to population and demography generally, including the Census, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and all matters related to the oversight of housing and urban development.