Representing Ohio’s 25th Senate District, including portions of Cuyahoga and Lake Counties, State Senator Nina Turner has devoted her career to strengthening Northeast Ohio and improving the lives of those who call it home. Championing innovative solutions to critical challenges, she has sought to promote collaboration and regionalism in local governance, worked to ensure that our state’s workforce is ready to leverage 21st-century opportunities, and fought to maintain the economic security of the middle class. Turner sees education as a crucial element of economic prosperity, and believes that if individuals are provided with the means, they will craft their own American dream.
A first generation college graduate, community college professor and former Cleveland City Councilwoman, Senator Turner continues to fight for the people of Northeast Ohio and the state as a whole. She was at the forefront of the campaign to reform Cuyahoga County’s government into a transparent and accountable institution, was a key early supporter and lead sponsor of legislation that laid the groundwork for the transformation of the Cleveland schools, and has gained a reputation as a fierce advocate for the rights of women, workers, and voters. These efforts have led to regular national media appearances, including The Ed Show, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, and Jansing&Co. on MSNBC, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, and The Jeff Santos Show on Revolution Boston AM 1510.
Turner currently serves as Senate Minority Whip, the Ranking Member on the Insurance & Financial Institutions Committee and the Finance Subcommittee on Education, as well as a member of the Ohio Ballot Board. She is also a board member of the Great Lakes Science Center, the United Way of Greater Cleveland, and the Cleveland Police Foundation. She is married to Jeffery Turner, Sr. with whom she has a son, Jeffery Jr., who is a lieutenant in the Ohio National Guard military police and a student at Cleveland State University.