Tribpedia: Chris Turner

In November 2012, Chris Turner was elected to serve the people of District 101 in the Texas House of Representatives. 

Located entirely in Tarrant County, the rapidly growing and diverse District 101 includes major portions of Arlington and Grand Prairie. The district also includes Arlington and Mansfield Independent School Districts. Major employers in the area include the local school districts, the University of Texas at Arlington, General Motors, and Tarrant County College. 

As a member of the Legislature, Chris is committed to working on a bipartisan basis on the issues important to Texas families. Chris’s priorities include expanding opportunity for all Texans to have access to good jobs, quality schools and affordable health care and protecting the civil rights and workers rights of all Americans.

During his first legislative session in 2009, Chris passed significant pieces of legislation, including the landmark law establishing a dedicated lottery scratch off ticket to benefit the Permanent Fund for Veterans Assistance, which generates up to $9 million per year to pay for much-needed benefits for Texas veterans and their families. Chris also wrote the law that requires electric utility companies to notify consumers when their contract is about to expire.

His work on veterans’ issues led to Chris being named “Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars, “Legislator of the Year” by the Vietnam Veterans of America, and the Texas State Council and the bi-partisan Legislative Veterans’ Caucus’s “Freshman of the Year.” He was also given the “Leadership Award” by the Texas Veterans Commission.

In addition, Chris was named “Freshman of the Year” by Texas Watch for his work on consumer protection issues and “Best of the House” by the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT).

As a state Representative, Chris’s primary focus will be to attend to the needs of his constituents and district. During his first term, he attended hundreds of community meetings and hosted several town halls and seminars to provide constituents with information on how to pay for college, lower utility bills and receive veterans’ benefits.

A lifelong Texan, Chris graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. Not long after graduation, Chris moved to Fort Worth, where he met his future wife, Lisa. Lisa and Chris were married in 1999. Chris’s two stepchildren, Melissa and Scott Hunsaker, both graduated from Summit High School in Mansfield ISD.