The below information has been prepared to the best of TCA's knowledge. Our goal is to list all Turkish Americans who have been elected to public office in the United States. Any further information can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org
Six Turkish Americans have been elected to U.S. political office.
Hon. Jay Karahan
Judge Jay (Ceyhun) Karahan, Presiding Judge, Harris County Criminal Court #8 Houston, Texas won reelection in 2014.
Judge Karahan is a native of Tampa, Florida. Judge Karahan moved to Texas in 1979 to study law at South Texas College of Law. In 1987, the U.S. Attorney General appointed him an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas. As a federal prosecutor he served in the Major Offender Division, Bank Fraud Task Force, and as a district coordinator for child exploitation investigations and prosecutions. As both a state and federal prosecutor Judge Karahan tried to jury verdict over 100 serious felony cases. He is licensed to practice before the Texas Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Judicial Circuit. Since 1988 Judge Karahan has been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a Criminal Law Specialist.
John Alpay, a resident of San Clemente, won his election for Area 3 Trustee for the Capistrano Unified School District, the ninth largest school district in California on November 2, 2010. He previously served as a Parks & Recreation Commissioner for San Clemente, and on the Budget & Finance Committee for Talega, his 3200-unit homeowners association. He remains as a director for the Spanish Village Foundation, a local nonprofit. John is also involved with the San Clemente Sunrise Rotary and the Hawaiian Surf Club of San Onofre. With his wife Rochelle, together they have three children.
Esin Busche has served as a Naperville Trustee, a member of the Fair Housing Advisory Commission and a Republican Precinct committeewoman in Naperville, IL, elected in 2009. She has been a three-term membership chairman for the Naperville Republican Women and was the Naperville campaign coordinator for the presidential and governor/lieutenant governor races in 2004 and 2006. Esin has a Masters degree in Chemistry and worked for three global companies, Sherwin Williams, Litton Industries and Sigma Coatings. She currently lives in the south side of Naperville Township with her husband and son, and is employed by Dow Chemical Company.
Mehmet "MATT" Yar
Mehmet "Matt" Yar was elected to the Bloomfield County Education Board in New Jersey in 1998 and served until 2001. He chose not to run for a second term. When another board member resigned in 2002, Yar was appointed by the local election committee to fill the vacated seat. His second period of service on the board lasted until 2004.
Dr. Erdem Ural
Dr. Erdem Ural was elected in 2008 to the Stoughton School Committee in Stoughton, Massachusetts. He served in that position from 2008 to 2011. In 2012, Ural was elected again to the School Committee, serving until 2015. Dr. Ural holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. He has resided in Stoughton for over 30 years and is married with 2 children.
Malik Tunador ran and won a seat on the Council of the Thornburg Borough of Allegheny County, PA in the early 1990s. Tunador has been living in Thornburg Borough since 1976 and served one term on the Borough Council.