Meet John Turner

John is a fourth-generation Texan, born and raised in the East Texas town of Crockett. When he was young, his father was involved in politics, first as a state legislator and later as a congressman. His mother was president of the local school board. That was a time when Democrats and Republicans worked together with a greater sense of common purpose than they do today.

Today, John is a lawyer with the Dallas-based firm of Haynes and Boone. Over the years he’s learned to be both a committed advocate and a problem-solver for his clients. He’s also spent large parts of his career working for public-interest causes, like better support for our public schools and cleaner air in our cities.

John and his wife Jenia came to Dallas soon after they were married fourteen years ago. Jenia is a law professor at SMU. They are the proud parents of two young sons.



About John Turner

  • John is an attorney, husband, and father of two boys.
  • He was a lead trial attorney for a group of 88 Texas school districts, fighting for three years for better funding for our public schools and greater local discretion for school districts.
  • He represented Dallas and over two dozen other Texas towns and cities in opposing the construction of 11 coal-fired power plants across the state.
  • John is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School. 
  • John grew up in Crockett, Texas. During summers in high school, he worked for his grandfather’s small home-building business and as a news and weather broadcaster for the town’s local radio station. 

Civic and community involvement

  • Former Board member, Texas League of Conservation Voters
  • Board member, Dallas Democratic Forum
  • Graduate of Dallas Regional Chamber’s “Leadership Dallas” program
  • Member of Dallas Regional Chamber’s Talent (Education and Workforce) Council
  • Member of Highland Park United Methodist Church
  • Volunteer for sons’ schools, scouts, and baseball teams