Turner was born and raised in Richardson, TX where he was a high school football and track star. He also excelled in academics and was highly recruited by Division 1 colleges.
Turner attended the University of Illinois on a full scholarship where he earned a degree in Speech Communications and earned numerous awards as a dual sport athlete – he was a star cornerback in football and two-time Big Ten Champion in the 400m dash for track & field.
In 1995, Turner was drafted by the Washington Redskins. During his nine-year NFL career, he played cornerback and special teams for the Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers, and Denver Broncos.
Turner’s teammates elected him as their NFL Players Association Representative six out of his nine NFL seasons.
In November 2012, Turner won a tightly contested Republican primary election and the general election by a landslide to represent District 33 in the Texas House of Representatives. He was re-elected in 2014.
While representing District 33, which encompasses all of Rockwall County and portions of Collin County, Turner served on the House Government Transparency and Operation Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, and the Committee on International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs.
In April 2019, President Donald J. Trump appointed Turner to serve as Executive Director of the WHORC, an unprecedented effort to transform America’s most distressed communities.
In this role, Turner crafted and effectively communicated the message of revitalization across our nation’s most disadvantaged communities as well as carried out the Opportunity Zone Policy of Economic Development and Social Impact.
Turner organized and led 15 Federal agencies and three regional entities while overseeing the implementation of more than 200 Federal policy actions.
Additionally, Turner convened with community, faith, education, and business leaders AND Federal, State, and local elected & career officials in more than 70 cities across the United States with the purpose of developing locally driven revitalization strategies for long-term social and economic sustainability.
Under Turner’s leadership, private entities invested more than $75 billion in Opportunity Zones.