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Nina Turner is a former state senator and professor of History at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. As a policymaker, educator and mentor she made it her mission to empower individuals, institutions, and communities to achieve their greatest potential.
Despite the hardships of humble beginnings she always found strength and solace in her grandmother’s memorable advice as she often states, “all you need to be successful in life is a wishbone, a jawbone, and a backbone.” Taking this wisdom to heart, she overcame childhood trails to rise to national prominence as a public servant and powerful speaker.
As a legislator, Senator Turner gained national acclaim as a fierce champion for economic fairness, reproductive freedom, and voting rights. Her political achievements and expertise has earned her regular appearances on national television and radio programs such as-- The Ed Show, Melissa Harris Perry Show, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, Morning Joe and the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, BBC World News, NPR, Rickey Smile and the Jeff Santos Radio Show—and accolades from numerous organizations across the country. She was named 2011 State Senator of the Year by The Nation, a Drum Major for Justice in 2013 by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation, Inside Business Magazine’s 2014 Power 100—a list of the 100 most influential CEO’s, Politicians and Civic Leaders in Northeast Ohio—and the Power 100: Top 25 in 2015.
Turner lives with her husband Jeffery Turner, Sr. in the same community in Cleveland in which she grew up. They are the proud parents of Jeffery, Jr., a local police officer and Second Lieutenant in the Ohio National Guard.