Currently in his fourth term, Democratic State Representative Chris Turner serves the people of District 101, a diverse area of Tarrant County, which includes major portions of Arlington and Grand Prairie. Chris was most recently reelected in November, 2016 with 66 percent of the vote, winning every precinct in District 101.

Chris believes that as Texas grows and changes, we need new approaches to address our most pressing issues, such as expanding educational opportunity for young Texans, increasing affordable health care options, ensuring access to public transportation, improving the economic well-being of all Texans, and broadening civic participation.

As a member of several powerful House committees – Ways & Means, Higher Education, and General Investigating and Ethics – Chris plays a significant role in shaping our state's tax policy, addressing the needs of our colleges and universities, and reforming ethics practices by elected officials and state agencies. Chris has previously served on the Environmental Regulation, Insurance, Defense and Veterans Affairs and Urban Affairs committees, as well as the House Select Committee on Mental Health.

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Chris and wife Lisa, with children Scott & Melissa & daughter-in-law Whitney. Also pictured, Cora (L) and Cassie (R), adopted from the Fort Worth Humane Society.

During his tenure in office, Chris has filed and passed significant pieces of legislation to expand consumer and tenant protections, improve public safety, crack down on sexual predators, protect law enforcement from retaliation, and increase ethics and transparency by elected officials.

Chris knows that in order to address the acute issues impacting our community, grassroots constituent participation is critical. That’s why Chris created a citizen-led Texas 101 Task Force, empowered to find solutions on four key issues affecting Southeast Tarrant County: healthy communities, predatory lending, transportation and the local economy & jobs.

Chris’s greatest honor is working tirelessly for the community he represents, and believes that as an elected official, it is his duty is to be accessible and responsive to those he was elected to serve. For his efforts and his work on behalf of House District 101, Chris has been recognized for his efforts on education, healthcare, voting rights, veterans, and consumer protection.

A lifelong Texan and Dallas native, Chris, a communications consultant, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.