- Experience in both city and state legislatures
- A history of working with and attracting young Black voters to support one of the current Democratic presidential candidates
- An accomplished orator who is hailed for her motivational abilities
Nina Turner served on the Cleveland city council from 2006 to 2008, and as an Ohio state senator from 2008 to 2014. As an elected public servant and Democrat, she sought to find common ground with Republicans and Independents in order to reconcile long-dueling interests. Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich invited her to serve on Ohio’s Taskforce on Community-Police Relations, an initiative to address tensions and forge stronger relationships between the community and law enforcement. She stepped down from the state legislature in 2014 to run for Ohio secretary of state.
Turner is currently a national co-chair of the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign. She is also a founding member of the Bernie Sanders Institute, which engages in research, education and outreach concerning issues of American democracy.
Prior to joining the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign, Turner led the grassroots organization Our Revolution, an entity founded to revitalize American democracy and empower progressive leaders. Turner is known as a gifted orator whose outreach work has been largely responsible for attracting younger Black voters to become supporters of Sanders’ presidential bid. Turner is host of the “We the People” podcast, and she received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from Cleveland State University.