2013 The Root 100

Nina Turner is an innovative state legislator who is running for Ohio secretary of state. 

  • Influence: 181.7
  • Reach: 11.01
  • Substance: 7.4
  • Media Mentions: 52
  • Internet Mentions: 108000
  • Twitter Followers: 18013
  • Nina Turner

  • Ohio state senator running for Ohio secretary of state.
  • Job: Minority whip of the Ohio Senate
  • Sector: Government/Politics
  • Twitter: @ninaturner
  • Location: Cleveland
  • Age: 45
  • Bio: "We need to fight fire with fire," declares state Sen. Nina Turner, and honey, Ohio is burning. Turner first gained notoriety as much for being a triple threat (black, woman, Democrat) in a Republican-dominated Statehouse as for being a fierce advocate for women's reproductive rights. In late 2012, after state Republicans tried to yet again defund Planned Parenthood, Turner held a press conference wearing a T-shirt that rebranded the GOP as the "Get Out of My Panties" party. Earlier that year, she introduced the "Viagra bill," requiring men to get psychological counseling before receiving erectile-dysfunction drugs and written in a way that directly mimicked language from particularly restrictive anti-abortion legislation ("the heartbeat bill"). This summer, the frequent MSNBC commentator announced her bid for Ohio secretary of state, in large part, she says, because of voter suppression in the 2012 presidential election. Visit her website and like her Facebook page.
  • Fun Fact: Turner met her husband while she worked at a Payless shoe store between high school graduation and college.