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Meet John

A fourth-generation Texan, John was born and raised in the East Texas town of Crockett. He comes from a family dedicated to public service – his mother was president of the local school board and his father was first a state legislator and later a congressman. During his summers in high school, John worked for his grandfather’s small home-building business and as a news and weather broadcaster at the local radio station.

Today John is an attorney with the Dallas-based firm of Haynes and Boone where he is a committed advocate and effective problem-solver for his clients. He has spent large parts of his career working for public-interest causes, like better support for our public schools and cleaner air in our cities. John and his wife Jenia, a law professor at SMU, came to Dallas soon after they married fourteen years ago. They are the proud parents of two young sons.

John during his high school years, working for his grandfather.
More about John
  • John was a lead attorney representing 88 Texas school districts in a three-year battle that sought greater public school funding.
  • He represented Dallas and more than two dozen other Texas cities and towns to oppose construction of 11 new coal-fired power plants in our state.
  • John is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School.
  • He completed the Dallas Regional Chamber’s “Leadership Dallas” program and is a member of its Education and Workforce Council.
  • John is a former board member of the Texas League of Conservation Voters.
  • He has been a volunteer for his sons’ schools, scouts and baseball teams.
  • The Turners are members of Highland Park United Methodist Church.