GOP Rep. Scott Turner filed Friday to run for Texas House Speaker. He is challenging three-term Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio, who is powerful, but not popular with the grassroots/Tea Party.
Turner gave the keynote address on Wednesday at The Texas Public Policy Foundation Conference, and he KILLED it. It really is a must see. Go watch it here. It wasn’t really a political speech at all, it was an inspiring speech. It was a speech about perseverance and understanding that when you fall down, you get back up again, and you just keep moving forward. I thought it was one of the best speeches I’ve heard in a long time. Do yourself a favor and watch it.
Naturally, I had to interview him after that. I interviewed him Thursday, and the next day he filed to run for Texas Speaker of The House.
I hadn’t heard of Rep. Turner before this week. Here is a brief background. He is a former NFL player (hear all about that in the link above!). While he was in the NFL Turner interned for Rep. Duncan Hunter, the Armed Services chairman during the 108th and 109th Congress. Turner says he was very inspired by Rep. Hunter. Turner said that Hunter was a great mentor, and gave him a great view into what leadership, being a servant, and leading with integrity and humility meant. Rep. Scott Turner was elected in 2012 from the Rockwall and Collins Country district. I asked Rep. Turner what motivated him to get into politics now. He said he had been in ministry, and seeing the moral decline in our country was the biggest motivator to get into servant leadership, and into public service.
The following is the rest of our interview.
Q) What was the biggest surprise in being in the legislature, and what was the biggest concern?
A) The biggest surprise was how hard it was to move legislation. You believe if you have good legislation that makes good common sense, like transparency in higher education, people will back you and it will pass. Not so. I also had a bill on school choice, giving parents credits to go to the school of their choosing. It’s difficult to pass even good common sense legislation. The biggest concern, and there are lots of concerns, is how hard you have to fight for conservative principles, even within the GOP.
Q) With faith in the public square being demonized in the media, how do you handle that? How do you walk that fine line with public policy, and expressing one’s faith? How do you see yourself not …Continued here: http://blog.chron.com/texassparkle/2014/01/have-you-heard-of-rep-scott-turner-meet-the-future-of-the-gop/