Biography


Mayor of Dayton


For the Record


Biography

Mike at a Glance

  • 1978 graduate from Belmont High School in Dayton
  • Received his MBA from the University of Dayton and a JD from Case Western University School of Law
  • Two-term Mayor of Dayton, where he spearheaded economic development projects such as Rehabarama, Fifth-Third Field, and Riverscape
  • Elected to Congress in 2002, representing Ohio's Third Congressional District. Reelected in 2012 to the newly created Tenth District.
  • Successfully advocated to protect Wright-Patterson Air Force Base during the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, resulting in a net gain of 1000 jobs and additional support for the base
  • Proud parent of two daughters - Jessica and Carolyn

Mike Turner was elected to represent Ohio’s Third Congressional District in 2002 after more than a decade in public service, including two terms as mayor of Dayton. As a public servant, Mike has built a reputation as a distinguished leader and vocal advocate for his community. In 2012, he was elected to represent the newly formed 10th Congressional District, due to Constitutionally mandated redistricting every 10 years. The new district includes all of Montgomery and Greene counties, and 2/3's of Fayette County.

Mike is a life long resident of the Dayton area. His parents, Ray and Vivian, came to Dayton from Eastern Kentucky in the 1950s, several years before Mike and his sister were born. They have been residents of Greene County for over 25 years. Mike’s father, Ray, worked at the General Motors plant in Dayton, retiring after 42 years as a member of IUE Local 801. Mike’s mother, Vivian, is a retired elementary school teacher from the Huber Heights School District. He has two daughters, Jessica and Carolyn.

Mike attended Dayton Public Schools and is a 1978 graduate of Belmont High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University He also has an MBA from the University of Dayton and a JD from Case Western University School of Law.

After graduating from law school, Mike built a successful legal career as a corporate lawyer as well as in private practice. At this time he began his involvement in not-for-profit groups. In particular, Mike became interested in neighborhood concerns, housing code enforcement, and historic preservation. His strong beliefs and commitments to these and other issues caused him to run for mayor in 1993. Mike won the election over a heavily favored incumbent and became Dayton’s first Republican mayor in 25 years. He won reelection in 1997.

During his time as mayor, Mike focused on developing Dayton’s economy, revitalizing local neighborhoods, reducing crime and creating new jobs. While in office, he led important initiatives, such as the award winning Rehabarama project, which promoted the rehabilitation of abandoned and neglected housing in Dayton’s historic neighborhoods. Mike’s leadership also helped bring popular attractions like the Schuster Performing Arts Center, Riverscape, and the Dayton Dragons downtown. In addition to these accomplishments, Mike brought reform to City Hall by submitting eight consecutive balanced budgets, and made the city safer by adding needed police officers to the beat.

In 2002, Mike won the Republican nomination to run for the open Third Congressional District seat. He was victorious in the general election with nearly 60% of the vote. He was reelected in 2004, 2006, and 2008 by similar margins. In the 2010 election he received more votes than any other Congressional candidate in Ohio. in 2012 he was reelected to a sixth term, in a newly created district with 60% of the vote.

While in Congress, Mike has served on the important House Armed Services Committee (HASC). He has used his HASC seat to increase the profile of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and to help protect the important mission and almost 20,000 jobs at Wright-Patt. This experience was invaluable during the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process in 2005 when both jobs and regional development funds were at risk. Mike Turner successfully advocated to protect these valuable assets. To date, thousands of jobs have been added at Wright-Patt during his time in office.

Mike has made protecting our men and women in uniform a priority during his time in Congress. He has fought for improved health care for America’s veterans through his support of the Wounded Warrior Assistance Act and other initiatives. He has also worked to protect the custodial rights of deployed military parents by sponsoring an amendment that seeks to protect the rights of military parents in custody proceedings while ensuring that the best interests of the child are met. Mike understands the sacrifices made by the men and women in our armed forces, and works hard to make sure that the government protects them before, during, and after their service.

Supporting local business has also been an important part of Mike’s work in Washington. He has voted for legislation which allows families to keep more of the money they earn, and provides tax incentives for small businesses to hire more workers. He has voted repeatedly to lower taxes, which boosts the economy and adds jobs. In addition, he has advocated for leveling the playing field for American manufacturers by co-sponsoring legislation that would lead to China devaluating their inflated currency.

Mike Turner: Working for us.