Warsaw Summit Experts' Forum

Nato in defence of peace: 2016 and beyond

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Michael Turner
President, NATO Parliamentary Assembly 

Congressman Turner practiced law in Dayton for over 17 years and in 1991, he opened his own private legal practice specializing in real estate and corporate law.

Turner served as Mayor of the City of Dayton for eight years. For the 5 years prior to Mayor Turner’s leadership, Dayton did not have a balanced budget. Turner worked across the aisle and balanced the budget for all eight years of his tenure. He also successfully reduced police response time by 40%, added 54 police officers to the force, and established a development fund that awarded over $19 million in grants for housing and job producing projects.

 Congressman Turner was first elected to Congress in 2002. In Congress, Turner serves as a senior member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and a subcommittee Chairman on the Armed Services Committee. 

In the 109th Congress, Congressman Turner served as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform's Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census. During his tenure, he helped save the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Prior to Congressman Turner's election, there was no advocate for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on the important House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Turner filled that void and throughout his time in Congress, Wright-Patt has successfully added approximately 10,000 jobs and remains the largest single-site employer in the state of Ohio.

Congressman Turner previously served as the Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, where he had jurisdiction over the nation's nuclear arsenal, the Department of Defense's intelligence programs, and also over missile defense systems. Turner currently serves as the Chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee which oversees ammunition programs, Army and Air Force acquisition programs, all Navy and Marine Corps aviation programs, National Guard and Army and Air Force National Guard and Reserve. Turner's chairmanship ensures that America's soldiers and airmen are fully equipped to carry out their mission.  

In January of 2011, Turner was appointed Head of the US Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Parliamentary Assembly, the inter-parliamentary organization of legislators from the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance. In November of 2014, Turner was elected President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.In January 2015, the Speaker of the House appointed Congressman Turner to the House Intelligence Committee. He is one of only two members of Congress to serve on both the House Intelligence Committee and as a Subcommittee Chairman on the House Armed Services Committee. 

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