Michael C. Turpen graduated from the University of Tulsa earning a Bachelor of Science degree in History and a Juris Doctor degree. In 1982, Mike was elected Attorney General for the state of Oklahoma. He served as Muskogee County District Attorney from 1977 to 1982. Since 1987, Mike has been a partner in the law firm of Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Mike has received numerous awards, honors and appointments. In 2012, Mike received the Louise Bennett Distinguished Service Award. In 2010, Mike was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the state’s highest honor. Mike argued before the United States Supreme Court in 1985.
While no longer serving in public office, Mike remains politically active. He appears weekly on Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR’s award-winning public affairs show, “Flashpoint with Turpen & Humphreys.” He appeared twice on ABC’s “Politically Incorrect” with Bill Maher and was featured on PBS’s national documentary, “Vote for Me: Politics in America.” He had a long-running monthly column, “Turpen Time,” for the OPEA monthly newspaper and was a featured columnist for Microsoft’s internet magazine, Slate.
Michael Turpen discusses the ideals behind the civil Gideon movement.
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