Scott Turner (politician)
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|Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 33rd district
|Born||Eric Scott Turner
February 26, 1972
Richardson, Texas, USA
|Alma mater||University of Illinois|
|No. 29, 21|
|Date of birth:||February 26, 1972|
|Place of birth:||Richardson, Texas|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school:||Richardson (TX) Pearce|
|NFL Draft:||1995 / Round: 7 / Pick: 226|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Eric Scott Turner (born February 26, 1972) is an American businessman, motivational speaker and politician who serves as Texas state representative for the 33rd District, which includes part of Collin County and all of Rockwall County. He is a member of the Republican Party. Before entering politics, he was an American football cornerback in the NFL for nine seasons.
In 2013, he was named by GOPAC to their list of Emerging Leaders in the Republican party.
Turner attended the University of Illinois, where he played as their starting cornerback and graduated from with a degree in speech communications. He declared for the NFL Draft in 1995, and was selected by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round. Between 1995 and 2004, Turner played for the Redskins, San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos.
During NFL off-seasons, Turner worked as an intern for Congressman Duncan Hunter. After retiring from football, he accepted a full-time job in the congressman's office. In 2006, he ran for the vacated seat of California's 50th congressional district in the 2006 special election to replace Duke Cunningham. In the blanket primary election held April 11, 2006, Turner finished eighth out of 17 candidates.
After the loss, Turner moved back to Frisco, Texas, where he continued his motivational speaking. In April 2007, he took a job at Systemware, a content management software company, where he is currently director of business development. He also launched a custom men's suit clothing line.
In 2012, Turner announced his candidacy for the newly-created 33rd District of the Texas House of Representatives. Turner defeated Jim Pruitt in the Republican primary, and defeated Libertarian candidate Michael Carrasco in the November 6 general election. He was sworn in January 8, 2013.
Turner challenged Joe Straus for role of Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives in January 2015, the first recorded Speaker vote since 1976. Though backed by the Tea Party Caucus, Turner lost to Straus by 127 votes to 19.
Turner, his wife Robin and their nephew Solomon reside in Frisco. They are active members of Prestonwood Baptist Church.
- Batheja, Aman (November 25, 2014). "Last Contested Vote for Texas House Speaker Was in 1975". Texas Tribune. Austin, Texas. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
- "San Antonio Republican Joe Straus re-elected speaker with all El Paso votes". El Paso times. January 13, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
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