Brussels Forum Session: NATO at 75: Defending Today, Defending Tomorrow

US Congressman Mike Turner was elected to the House of Representatives in 2002. He is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and previously served as the lead Republican on the Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee and the Strategic Forces subcommittee. The subcommittees oversee Army and Air Force acquisition programs, all Navy and Marine Corps aviation programs, nuclear weapons, missile defense, and space systems.

Turner has also served, since 2015, on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and was appointed its chairman in 2023. HPSCI has oversight of the US’s 17 intelligence agencies. Most recently, he was selected to join the Oversight and Accountability Committee, which seeks to ensure the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of the federal government and all its agencies.

In 2011, Turner was appointed chairman of the US Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and, in 2014, was elected its president. He now serves as vice-chairman of the assembly’s Defense and Security Committee.

Turner served as mayor of the city of Dayton for eight years. During his tenure, he prioritized neighborhood revitalization and economic development. He created Rehabarama, a private-public partnership to rehabilitate neglected housing in the city’s historic neighborhoods. He also established a development fund for grants for housing projects while maintaining a balanced budget.

Turner practiced law in Dayton for more than 17 years, during which time he opened his own private legal practice specializing in real estate and corporate law. He holds a PhD in Liberal Studies, with a focus on urban economic development, from Georgetown University, a law degree from Case Western University School of Law, an MBA from the University of Dayton, and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University.