Real Results

Texas State Representative Chris Turner

Real Results in Austin & At Home

Helping Texas Public School Students Succeed

  • Sponsored a law to help homeless students transition to new schools, as well as apply for college and scholarships
  • Co-authored the measure that reduced the number of end-of-course exams required of high school students from fifteen to five
  • Passed a measure into law that requires charter school principals to have a bachelor’s degree
  • Passed a measure allowing greater communication between high school counselors and students applying to college
  • Played a key role in increasing funding for the TEXAS Grants and Texas Educational Opportunity Grant programs

Fighting for UT Arlington

  • Played a key role in fighting for long-overdue Tuition Revenue Bonds for public universities, which resulted in $70 million for UT-Arlington for a science and education innovation and research building
  • Helped UTA receive $3.77 million for the UT-Arlington Research Institute (UTARI)
  • Authored a measure commissioning UT-Arlington to study Arlington and Grand Prairie’s transit needs

Combating Discrimination

  • Helped block the discriminatory so-called “Bathroom bill” by combating Republican attempts to discriminate against transgender Texans
  • Introduced a measure to prohibit employment discrimination by state contractors based on sexuality and gender identity
  • Helped lead the opposition against Senate Bill 4, the “Show Me Your Papers” law

Protecting our Children

  • Passed a measure updating Texas’ “duty to report” laws by requiring computer technicians to report instances of child pornography that they discover in the scope and practice of their work
  • Passed a measure overhauling the Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Program to better ensure children aging out of foster care are prepared for life outside of state’s care
  • Passed an amendment to ensure that car seat safety is taught in driver’s education courses

Helping Homeowners & Protecting Tenants

  • Co-sponsored the measure which increased the homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000 a year
  • Worked closely with tenant rights groups and the City of Arlington to ensure that residents living in these types of multi-family units receive advance notification of a utility cut off so that they may make other living arrangements

Increasing Ethics & Transparency

  • Wrote and passed the law to ban the practice of elected officials “double dipping” a salary and a pension at the same time, ending this unethical practice
  • Passed a measure to prevent state agencies from using “emergency leave” as a form of severance pay
  • Passed an amendment to require agencies notify the Legislature if a state contract exceeds $1 million of the contracted amount

Supporting Law Enforcement

  • Passed a law that protects police officers from forms of online retaliation and retribution also made it to the governor’s desk.
  • Passed a law which improves the ability of municipal law enforcement agencies that patrol Texas lakes to make them safer by allowing citations issued on waterways to be heard in municipal court; this was a key measure for Grand Prairie

Fighting for Our Veterans & Their Families

  • Authored and passed the law creating the Veterans’ Cash lottery scratch-off, which has raised over $65 million to help veterans and their family members with help to pay bills, mental health services, peer support, transportation to VA facilities, and much more
  • Authored and passed the measure that extended the 100 percent property tax exemption to surviving spouses of service members killed in service to country
  • Worked with his colleagues to help keep the promises made to our veterans and their families by opposing restrictions being placed on the state’s Hazlewood Legacy program
  • Authored measures to help veterans and service members obtain new jobs more quickly, using the skills and knowledge they gained while serving our country in uniform

Leading the Fight

  • Helped lead his Democratic colleagues in the fight to block several mean-spirited and ill-advised measures, including efforts to further discriminate against LGBT families, repeal the Texas Dream Act, and pass terrible anti-worker and anti-consumer bills
  • Instrumental in the effort by House Democrats to stop the attack on women’s health care and played a major role in delaying the debate in the House, ultimately leading to Senator Wendy Davis’ historic filibuster
  • Launched the “Real Solutions” framework during the 85th Legislative Session 1st Called Special Session that championed common-sense policies for all Texans focusing on our kids, our economy, our health, and our community

At Home

Improving Transportation

  • Played an important role in the expansion of State Highway 360, which will have a tremendous economic impact on Arlington, Grand Prairie and surrounding communities
  • Worked with TxDOT to ensure secure sound walls would be installed along 360 Toll
  • Passed the measure to name the portion of  360 Toll in House District 101 the Rosa Parks Memorial Parkway; honoring the importance of this civil rights icon in our country’s history and reflecting the incredible diversity of our community
  • Working with local leaders and interested parties to find solutions to address the lack of public mass transit options in our community

Keeping Our Communities Safe

  • Working to make Spur 303/Pioneer Parkway near New York and Browning safer for pedestrians by the addition of sidewalks

Increasing Tenants Rights

  • Passed the bill which helps ensures that residents living in these types of multi-family units receive advance notification of a utility cutoff so that they may make other living arrangements

Cracking Down on Predatory Lenders

  • Worked closely with local organizations and churches to push for the adoption of a payday and title lending ordinances in both Arlington and Grand Prairie, giving more local oversight of these predatory lenders and protecting consumers by limiting fees and loan amounts

Preserving our Environment

  • Helped stop a proposed gas well in Lake Arlington, which supplies drinking water to a large portion of House District 101 
  • Helped stop the proposed concrete batch plant near Grand Prairie’s Dalworth neighborhood.

For his efforts, Chris has received several recognitions and awards:

YMCA
YMCA Champion Award (2018)

Texas Hospital Association 
Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute (2018)

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes
Legislative Champion Award (2017)

Arlington MLK Celebration Committee

Nominee, “Advancing the Dream” Award, Government category (2017)

Texas Association of Community Schools
A Most Valuable Legislator Award (2017)

Texas Democratic Women
Oscar Mauzy Humanitarian Award (2016)

SafeKids Austin
Friend of the Year Award (2016)

Equality Texas
84th Legislative Session Champion of Equality (2015)
83rd Legislative Session Champion of Equality (2013)

Fort Worth Hope Center
Celebration of Hope Gala Distinguished Service Award in recognition for sacrifice of time, generosity & service to the Fort Worth Hope Center (2015)

Denton County Democrats
Kick Ass Award, Donkey Fest (2015)

Sam Houston Texans
Star Award (2015)

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Texas Women’s Health Champion Award (2013)

Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT)
Best of the House (2013)

Sierra Club
New Leadership in Environmental Protection Legislative Service Award (2013)

Muslim Democratic Caucus of Texas
Community Leadership Award (2012)

Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars
Legislator of the Year (2009)

Vietnam Veterans of America, Texas State Council
Legislator of the Year (2009)

Legislative Veterans’ Caucus
Freshman of the Year (2009)

Texas Veterans Commission
Leadership Award (2009)