FRANKFORT -- Senator Johnny Ray Turner, D-Prestonsburg, citing a strong record that includes significant progress in roads, education, protection for senior citizens, and water and sewer line extensions, filed for re-election Monday.
Turner, who represents Breathitt, Floyd, Knott and Letcher counties, has been a member of the State Senate since 2001.
With the 2012 Legislative Session approaching, Turner said one of his top priorities will be to balance the state budget without making significant cuts, while preserving education, health care and public safety.
A retired teacher and coach, Turner has been a champion for education. He has sponsored successful legislation to make schools safer, improve drug abuse prevention and expand affordable housing opportunities.
Turner thanked his supporters. "I am honored by the confidence the citizens of the 29th District have placed in me," said Turner, who serves in leadership as Senate Minority Caucus Chair. "We've had a lot of success, but there's more to do and I look forward to the challenge."
Turner currently serves on the following committees: Education, Natural Resources and Energy, Transportation, State and Local Government, Rules and Committees on Committees. He also serves on the Energy Special Subcommittee. As a member of Senate leadership, he holds a seat on the Legislative Research Commission.
Turner, 61, taught and coached in Floyd, Johnson and Magoffin counties for 28 years. He holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from Morehead State University.