Before being elected to the State Senate, Turner served in New Jersey's lower house, the General Assembly, from 1994 to 1998. Before entering state politics, Senator Turner served on the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1983 to 1986, where she served as Freeholder Vice President.
Turner is the current Senate President Pro Tempore, a position which she has held since 2004. She serves in the Senate on the Education Committee (as Chair) and as a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committee.
Turner received a B.A. from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) in Education and an M.A. from Rider College in Guidance and Counseling, and has done postgraduate work in education at Rutgers University. She is the Associate Director of Career Services at Rider University. Turner was born in Dover, New Jersey and currently resides in the Lawrenceville section of Lawrence Township.