Don Turner is a fourth-generation Vermonter and lifetime public servant who is ready to be on call for all Vermonters. A lifelong resident of Milton, Don joined the Vermont House of Representatives in 2006, where he’s served the last six years as Minority Leader of the Republican Caucus.
His personal story is one of public service. Don is a 30-plus-year member of the Milton Fire and Rescue Departments, where he served as Fire and Rescue Chief and Forest Fire Warden for more than a decade, and currently holds the office of Town Manager. He continues to use that experience as a Vermont certified fire instructor. Don also serves on the Supervisory Board of Vermont Federal Credit Union and the Milton Board of Civil Authority as a Justice of the Peace.
Don’s been involved in a number of organizations, including: Seneca Lodge #40, Milton Firefighters Association, Vermont State Firefighters Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Northwest Vermont Board of Realtors, Vermont Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors.
Born on July 19, 1964, in Burlington, Vt., Don grew up in Milton, and graduated from Champlain College. He is married to his wife Gail, with whom he has three daughters, Emily, Hillary and Erin.
House Minority Leader Don Turner had planned to leave his seat in the Legislature this year. Now, he’s eyeing a return to Montpelier only this time in a new office.
Turner, a Milton Republican, confirmed Wednesday afternoon that he will run for lieutenant governor.
“With the big divide going on in the state, you know, within our party and with the governor I felt it was important to step up,” Turner said.
At a time when legislative leadership and the governor’s office are on opposite sides of the aisle, Turner said he sees potential for the lieutenant governor to be a bridge between the two.
“I wanted to bring balance to the Statehouse and I think that the lieutenant governor’s role can do that,” he said.Read more