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Birthdate: June 27, 1956
Birth Place: Woodland, CA, United States
Residence: Lee's Summit, MO
Jacob Turk was born in Woodland, Calif. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1974 to 1977, and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His father and grandfather also served in the Corps.
Turk owned a small information technology company for 12 years and was a computer analyst for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners from 1997 to 2006. He also worked as community relations director for the Women's Clinic of Kansas City.
Turk is making his fourth run for Missouri's 5th Congressional District seat. He lost in 2006, 2008 and 2010 to incumbent Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver.
Turk lives with his wife, Donna, in Lee's Summit. He has three children from his first marriage.
Jacob Turk is making his fourth consecutive run for Missouri's 5th Congressional District seat, which is held by Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver.
Turk lost to Cleaver by 9 percentage points in 2010, after defeats approaching 30 percent in 2008 and 32 percent in 2006.
Turk wants to repeal the 2010 health care reform law. He has previously backed tax-free health savings accounts coupled with high-deductible insurance policies. Under that proposal, the government would pay the insurance premiums for those with lower incomes.
He favors tax cuts for individuals and businesses as a way to boost the economy, and he supports a 12-year term limit for members of Congress, with a maximum of six terms in the House or two in the Senate.
Turk wants to crack down on illegal immigration. He supports building a 700-mile fence and using the National Guard to shore up the U.S.-Mexico border against illegal immigrants.
His campaign website says he opposes gay marriage. His campaign did not make the candidate available for an interview.
Turk's website also raises questions about a federal loan default by a car wash business owned by Cleaver. He questions a September 2010 Cleaver vote to increase federal guarantees of certain Small Business Administration loans from 75 to 90 percent _ a move he says would leave taxpayers further on the hook for a failed business venture by the incumbent.
Turk spoke out against the 5th District's redrawn boundaries after the 2010 census, which he said was created to further protect Cleaver. The new boundaries split Lee's Summit and the Kansas City suburbs of Blue Springs and Independence between the 5th District and the 6th District. Turk now lives outside the redrawn district, but candidates are not required to live in the district they seek to represent.
Source: Associated Press
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