Senator Loyce Turner (D-08)
|State Capitol / Room 421 / Atlanta, GA 30334|
|608 Howellbrook Drive / Valdosta, GA 31602|
|(404) 656-5035||(912) 244-5725|
|Chairman||Senate Banking & Financial Institutions (B&FI)|
|Member||Senate Appropriations (App)|
|Member||Senate Finance & Public Utilities (F&PU)|
|Member||Senate Higher Education (HEd)|
|Member||Senate Natural Resources (NatR)|
Loyce Turner of Valdosta has served in the Georgia Senate since 1974 and has held a number of key legislative posts during that time including Senate Majority Whip and several committee chairmanships.
Now in his 12th term, Turner, a Democrat, is chairman of the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and is a member of the Appropriations Committee and its Continuation Subcommittee.
He also serves on the Higher Education Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.
In addition, he is a member of the joint Senate-House Legislative Services Committee and the Georgia Flue-Cured Tobacco Advisory Board. He has served on the Senate Study Committee for a Seamless Education System as well as the Senate Defense Conversion Strategies Study Committee and the Senate Study Committee on Check Dams.
The Valdosta lawmaker is highly regarded as an expert on tax and revenue issues and has represented Georgia on the Federal Budget and Taxation Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
Turner co-authored sweeping pension reform laws which prohibit a state employee from collecting retirement benefits if he or she has been convicted of a job-related crime and which outlaws the stockpiling of undocumented, unused vacation and sick leave time for the purpose of boosting pension benefits.
He has also successfully sponsored a number of anti-crime bills including a measure which protects a homeowner from civil liability if he kills or injures an intruder. Turner is also the author of several hunting measures including legislation which cleared the way for Georgians over age 65 to hunt and fish in some neighboring states without having to pay for non-resident permits.
Turner also successfully steered a major economic development Job Tax Credit law through the Senate which offers businesses special income tax credits for creating new jobs in economically depressed areas of the state. Turner was instrumental in the passage of Amendment #3 several years ago, a major timber tax and conservation bill which exempts growing timber from property taxes.
Turner also worked actively to elevate Valdosta State College to University status.
Born December 2, 1927 in Turner County, Senator Turner earned a degree in veterinary medicine from Auburn University and also graduated from the University of Georgia's Banking School. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps from 1951-53.
Turner, a retired veterinarian and banker, is currently a farmer.
He is an Episcopalian and a member of the Rotary Club and the Farm Bureau. He has received a number of awards for his legislative efforts including the Georgia Municipal Association's Legislative Service Award and the Valdosta/South Georgia Toastmaster's Communications Achievement Award.
Turner and his wife, Annette, are the parents of three grown children and have four grandchildren.
The 8th Senatorial District includes Lowndes and Brooks Counties and portions of Thomas County.