Former Congressman Jim Turner is a senior partner and heads the legislative and public policy group at Arnold & Porter, LLP, in Washington, D.C.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Turner served four terms in the House of Representatives (1997-2004) on the Committees on Homeland Security, Armed Services, and Government Reform, where he was a key player in Congress' vigorous oversight of homeland security issues, the military, and the agencies under the jurisdiction of those committees. His two decades of experience as an elected official give him a unique understanding of the legislative process.
Mr. Turner, an Army Veteran, served as ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Ranking Member of the Terrorism Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, where he won praise from both parties for his leadership on critical issues affecting US security. In the House, Mr. Turner was co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate Democrats committed to fiscal responsibility who seek centrist solutions to healthcare, energy, education, and other national issues.
Mr. Turner served in state government as a Member of the Texas Senate (1991-1996), a Member of the Texas House of Representatives (1981-1984), and as Chief of Staff and Chief Legislative Liaison to Texas Governor Mark White (1985-1987). He also served as an appointee to the Texas State Ethics Commission and as mayor of his hometown. Following graduation from the University of Texas Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Texas Law Review, Mr. Turner was a law clerk for the Texas Supreme Court.