2011-11-18 / Top Stories

Turner Is Sworn Into US Congress


At the ceremony, Turner said, “ It was very important for me to come home and enjoy this moment with my friends and neighbors.” At the ceremony, Turner said, “ It was very important for me to come home and enjoy this moment with my friends and neighbors.” Congressman Bob Turner came back to the district that elected him to be sworn in before the people who mean most to him.

“I knew I had a lot of catching up to do when I was elected in September so I had to leave rather abruptly,” said Turner. “But I have lived in this area my entire life, so it was very important for me to come home and enjoy this moment with the people of the 9th District.”

Turner gave a speech that covered everything from the economy to foreign policy in front of a roomful of family, friends and constituents from the 9th Congressional District. When speaking on the economy, Turner said free enterprise, not “capitalism,” is what our economic system is built on. “Well first of all, let me remind you that the term ‘capitalism’ was coined by Karl Marx and it only tells a little bit of the story,” said Turner. “It suggests that our system works on money, capital. What I know from personal experience is [it’s] a lot more.” He went on to explain that a free enterprise system is built on ‘intellectual capital’ and ‘sweat equity.’ “It is intellectual capital, people have to have an idea and belief that something will work and can work and they can prosper. You need sweat equity, a type of capital you put in from hard work. And at some point the easiest thing to find is the capital, risk capital, to make something work.”


On Sunday, November 13, The Honorable John Ingram (NYS Supreme Court, Kings County, 2nd Judicial District) administered the Oath of Office to Congressman Bob Turner in front of a crowd of family, friends and constituents at Queens Metropolitan High School. Below: Turner’s 7- year-old grandson, Mikey Turner, kicked off his grandfather’s In-District Swearing-In ceremony when he introduced Representative Peter King, who served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. On Sunday, November 13, The Honorable John Ingram (NYS Supreme Court, Kings County, 2nd Judicial District) administered the Oath of Office to Congressman Bob Turner in front of a crowd of family, friends and constituents at Queens Metropolitan High School. Below: Turner’s 7- year-old grandson, Mikey Turner, kicked off his grandfather’s In-District Swearing-In ceremony when he introduced Representative Peter King, who served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Turner also touched on Iran, reminding people of the missed opportunity America had to overturn the government from within by supporting the Green Revolution, saying the Obama administration didn’t “want to get involved in a family struggle.” In regards to the ongoing threat Iran poses to the United States and our allies Tuner said, “We need a response, we need leadership in Washington to recognize what these things are, we need an aggressive plan to fight them.” He also urged the Obama administration to “be aggressive” in their approach towards ensuring Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon.

After the ceremony Turner shook hands and shared refreshments with attendees. The new congressman serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and House Committee on Homeland Security.

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