Former NFL player Turner seeking new Rockwall Co. House seat

FRISCO – Former NFL professional football player, Frisco businessman, and national motivational speaker Scott  Turner is seeking the Republican nomination for the new District 33 seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

The newly-formed House district includes all of Rockwall County and portions of Collin County – including Frisco – as a result of the recent redistricting process.

Representatives Jodie Laubenberg (R-Murphy) and Ken Paxton (R-McKinney) will no longer represent the areas encompassed in the new District 33 beginning in January, 2013, after the November, 2012, general election.

Rockwall attorney and twice-elected former Judge Jim Pruitt is also campaigning for the nomination. Former Air Force fighter pilot Scott O’Grady dropped out of the race last month to run instead for the State Senate. No Democrats have yet announced.

The primary election will be held March 6, 2012, and the general election Nov. 6, 2012.

Long active in Republican politics, Turner ran unsuccessfully for Congress in San Diego in 2006 in the special election for the seat vacated by Duke Cunningham. He currently serves on the Board of Associated Republicans of Texas (ART) where he helped achieve GOP victories in the 2010 elections.

In declaring his candidacy, the Turner said he is committed to providing “principled, conservative leadership” for Collin and Rockwall Counties.

“I’ll use my business and leadership skills to promote job creation and a strong economy and to champion an agenda of lower taxes and smaller government.   I’ll be a forceful advocate for our traditional values of faith and family, and I will always stand for the unborn.”

Turner added he is concerned about “the threat from Washington.”

“Texans must stand firm against a federal government which threatens our freedoms, liberties, and our economy.   If elected, I pledge to be a conservative voice who will work against the federal encroachment on Texas.”

A native Texan, he was raised in Richardson, where he attended J.J. Pearce High School, Turner secured an academic/athletic scholarship to the University of Illinois, where the speedster played football, ran track, and earned a degree in speech communication. 

In 1995 Turner was drafted as a defensive back by the Washington Redskins. In 1998 he signed with the San Diego Chargers. After nine NFL seasons, he finished his career with the Denver Broncos in 2003.

Drawing on his successful NFL career, in 1997 he founded SPEAKAWORD, a motivational speaking company. He is also Director of Business Development for Systemware, Inc., plus serves as a Player Advisor for the NFL Players Association.

He serves on several boards including Presbyterian Hospital’s Presidents Leadership Council, Dallas Metropolitan YMCA, Prestonwood Christian Academy and GuideStone Financial.

A resident of Frisco, he has been married for 15 years to Robin. He is active at Prestonwood Church of Plano, where he occasionally serves as a guest pastor.

For information, see www.scottturnerfortexas.com.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher



2 Responses for “Former NFL player Turner seeking new Rockwall Co. House seat”

  1. Passionate Patriot says:

    I had an opportunity to hear Scott speak last night and (@ Mike) he is a true Christian conservative Republican (in that order) with strong leadership experience. If those are the priorities you want in your state house representative, Scott has them all. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, not much political experience is the beginning of wisdom. He starts every day on his knees, seeking God’s wisdom and direction for his family and what is on his plate for the day. I am also a Rockwall resident.

  2. Mike Snell says:

    Scott, I live In Heath, depending on your stand on some issues, I believe I could help you and your team, when and if you want to email me and let me know if your interested. Thanks, Mike snell. Snell and Asc. 214-334-0667

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