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Sylvester Turner

Sylvester Turner
Full Name: Sylvester Turner

Terms of Service

  • House, 84th (1) (5) Legislature
    1/13/2015 - 1/1/2016
    Democrat
  • House, 83rd Legislature
    1/8/2013 - 1/13/2015
    Democrat
  • House, 82nd Legislature
    1/11/2011 - 1/8/2013
    Democrat
  • House, 81st Legislature
    1/13/2009 - 1/11/2011
    Democrat
  • House, 80th Legislature
    1/9/2007 - 1/13/2009
    Democrat
    Speaker Pro Tem, 1/29/2007.
  • House, 79th Legislature
    1/11/2005 - 1/9/2007
    Democrat
    Speaker Pro Tem, 1/27/2005.
  • House, 78th (4) Legislature
    1/14/2003 - 1/11/2005
    Democrat
    Speaker Pro Tem, 1/30/2003.
  • House, 77th Legislature
    1/9/2001 - 1/14/2003
    Democrat
  • House, 76th Legislature
    1/12/1999 - 1/9/2001
    Democrat
  • House, 75th (2) (3) Legislature
    1/14/1997 - 1/12/1999
    Democrat
  • House, 74th Legislature
    1/10/1995 - 1/14/1997
    Democrat
  • House, 73rd Legislature
    1/12/1993 - 1/10/1995
    Democrat
  • House, 72nd Legislature
    1/8/1991 - 1/12/1993
    Democrat
  • House, 71st Legislature
    1/10/1989 - 1/8/1991
    Democrat
(1) Proclamation, 1/15/2016, ordering special election in House District 139 on 5/7/2016 to serve out unexpired term of Sylvester Turner. Governor Greg Abbott .
(2) Absent for roll of members-elect, 1/14/2001, S. Turner sworn later that day, p. 19. House Journal .
(3) Sworn on 1/14/1997. Oaths of Office .
(4) Appointed Speaker Pro Tempore, 78th Legislature, 1/30/2003. Speaker of the House .
(5) Sylvester Turner resignation letter to Speaker Joe Straus, 12/30/2015, effective 1/1/2016 at 9:00 am. Speaker of the House .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

Photographs

Other Resources

  • Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston. City of Houston .
  • Biographical sketch, 82nd Legislature. Texas House of Representatives .
  • Biographical sketch, 78th Legislature. Texas House of Representatives .
  • Legislative profile, 74th Legislature, 1995. "Scenes From the 74th: The Laney-Bush Session," 6/16/1995. Texas Observer .
  • Biographical sketch, "Speaker of the House: Sylvester Turner's Rhetorical Force Versus George Bush's Education Agenda," 5/19/1995. Texas Observer .
  • Honorable Mention, "Legislative Stars Shine Through Difficult Session," Volume 15, Number 2, Summer 1995, pp. 8-9, 29 The Classroom Teacher: The Magazine of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association .

Committee Information

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