State Rep. Scott Turner elects not to run again

State Rep. and former House Speaker candidate Scott Turner announced he will not seek election next time.

Scott Turner
Scott Turner

Scott Turner said: Dear friends,

Serving in the Texas House has been a tremendous honor, blessing, and privilege, and I am truly grateful for the trust and support of the great citizens of Collin and Rockwall Counties. Your prayers, encouragement, and steady involvement in the process are greatly appreciated.

As the Word says, there is a time and a season for everything. Today, I am announcing my plans not to seek re-election to the Texas House. In this new season for my family and me, I look forward to impacting our community, state, and nation through exciting opportunities in business, community service, ministry, and whatever path the Lord directs.

As one who loves people, serving as your State Representative has been one of the greatest honors in my life. From Rockwall, Heath, Royse City, McLendon-Chisholm, Rowlett and Fate … to Frisco, Anna, Farmersville, Josephine, Blue Ridge, Prosper, Wylie, and Celina, we have worked together to ensure that our conservative principles are well-represented in Austin. This district is blessed with so many wonderful people who represent the best of Texas and love their communities and state. What a privilege to be your voice!

Jeff Leach, Scott Turner, Ken Paxton, Van Taylor and Scott Sanford serve as local representatives in Austin.
Jeff Leach, Scott Turner, Ken Paxton, Van Taylor and Scott Sanford serve as local representatives in Austin.

I had the honor of serving with many good men and women in the Texas Legislature. And I especially want to thank my friends and colleagues who stood with me in January during my campaign for Speaker. I am also grateful for my staff who have faithfully and tirelessly served this district.

Scott Turner's day as Speaker
Scott Turner’s day serving as Speaker with local officials in front of him. 

My wife Robin is my rock, a steadfast and faithful encourager during every moment of my public service. I am also very proud of Solomon and appreciate how supportive he has been during my time away as I have served Texas. Solomon is a tremendous young man, and I look forward to investing even more time in his life as he enters high school this fall.

One chapter is closing for now, and I am beginning new chapters that I believe hold great promise and potential. Though my service as a state representative comes to an end, you can count on me to use my voice to remain involved and champion our shared conservative values. My term does not conclude until January of 2017, and I look forward to fully serving this district until that time.

Scott Turner
Scott Turner

Thank you again for the confidence you placed in me and for choosing me to serve as your State Representative. I’ll always be grateful.

Sincerely,
Scott Turner

What do local officials have to say?

Jeff Leach: “Today my colleague, brother and friend, Scott Turner, announced that he will not seek re-election in 2016. A man of great faith, integrity and courage, Scott and his wife Robin and their son Solomon have become very special to the Leach family. It was the honor of a lifetime to serve the people of Texas alongside a man of his caliber and he will be immensely missed in the Texas Legislature.”

Susan Hayes Fletcher said: “This is a bitter sweet moment, as I treasure my friendship with Scott Turner and appreciate his service. … As I ponder this news, I can’t help but think that Frisco City Councilman John Keating would be an excellent State Representative!”

Patrick Fallon said: “Rep. Scott Turner just announced that he’s not seeking re-election. While I am sad to hear the news I want to thank him for his service to our state. And I can’t think of a better person to continue Scott’s work in Austin than Mayor Pro Tem of Frisco John Keating! John’s a proven conservative leader and would be a welcomed addition to our North Texas delegation!”

Photos of Scott Turner courtesy of State Rep. Scott Turner

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Congressman Sam Johnson wants workers to pay less for health insurance, with Small Business Health Fairness Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) reintroduced his Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 2868), a health care solution that would allow small business employers to band together through association health plans (AHPs) in order to purchase quality health care at a lower cost.

Republican Congressman Johnson stated:

“Right now hardworking Americans are struggling due to Obamacare, and it’s becoming harder for employers, especially small businesses, to provide their employees with affordable coverage. I hear from folks all the time who have experienced sharp increases with out-of-pocket costs and premiums due to this bad law. I also hear from small business owners who want to offer health insurance but simply can’t afford it. Maybe you’ve experienced the same thing. And let me tell you, I think that’s wrong. That’s why I’m offering a solution with my Small Business Health Fairness Act – a bill to help Americans by enabling employers to provide affordable coverage to workers and their families.

“You know, people like to accuse Republicans of not having alternative solutions for health care, but that really couldn’t be further from the truth. There have been several plans offered over the years, and the Small Business Health Fairness Act has been a key component of almost every one of those plans. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure this bill is enacted not if but when we repeal and replace Obamacare!”

Local small business owners have lauded Johnson’s bill, including Jeff Scheumack of Plano.

Scheumack said: “With not being able to pool small companies together to get a break on insurance policies and prices, small businesses like my own are at a competitive disadvantage in hiring employees since large employers can offer lower premiums and therefore higher take-home pay. At present, since my insurance has gone up so much, offering an employee a 3-5 percent raise does not even cover the increased cost of their insurance premium, even after I pay 75 percent of my employee’s premiums. I need the ability to pool together with other small businesses so that we have the bargaining power to get better policies and at lower costs.”

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