Birthdate: May 2, 1941
Birth Place: New York, NY, United States
Residence: Rockaway Point, NY
Religion: Catholic
Gender: Male



Bob Turner is a lifelong resident of New York, currently residing in Rockaway Point. He received a bachelor's degree in history from St. John's University.

After college, Turner served in the Army.

Turner spent 40 years working in the television industry before retiring in 2003. His last position was as president and CEO at Pearson PLC's North American television operations.

He was elected to the U.S. House in a special election in September 2011.

Turner and his wife, Peggy, have five children and 13 grandchildren.


Bob Turner became the first Republican elected to the New York's 9th Congressional District since 1920 when he defeated Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin in the race to replace Rep. Anthony Weiner in September 2011.

Weiner, a seven-term Democrat, resigned in disgrace in June 2011 following a sexting scandal.

Turner serves on the Veterans' Affairs, Foreign Affairs, and Homeland Security committees.

Due to redistricting following the 2010 Census, New York State lost two congressional seats and Turner's district was split. He decided not to run in the new district. Instead, he decided to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Turner lost a three-way primary for the Senate race against attorney Wendy Long and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos on June 26, 2012. Long won the primary.

Source: Associated Press

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