Janine Turner is a native of Fort Worth and comes from a long line of Texans, including Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas. Her father is from Athens, Texas and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Her mother is from San Antonio, and was educated at Trinity University.
Janine is best known for her role as Maggie O'Connell' in the Emmy Award-winning CBS series, Northern Exposure, for which she earned three Golden Globe nominations and an Emmy nomination. Janine has also starred in the top rated, hit Lifetime series, Strong Medicine and NBC’s critically acclaimed, Friday Night Lights. She has starred in numerous films including Cliffhanger with Sylvester Stallone, Robert Altman’s Dr. T and the Women, and Steel Magnolias.
Always creating, Janine has produced, directed and acted in an award winning short film, Trip in a Summer Dress, and produced and starred in a Christian Yoga DVD. She is the author of the Washington Post bestseller book, Holding Her Head High: 12 Single Mothers Who Championed Their Children and Changed History. Most recently, Janine and her daughter, Juliette, completed an album, Mockingbird Hill, for which they composed music and lyrics. The album was featured in the February 5 People Country Magazine, and is available on iTunes, Amazon.com and other online music stores.
Janine is an avid reader and writer, with a passion for history and politics. Her op-ed commentary articles have been published in media outlets such as FoxNews.com, and she has appeared on numerous television and radio talk shows including Fox and Friends, Hannity, Glenn Beck, The O’Reilly Factor, Neil Cavuto, Larry King Live, Laura Ingraham, William Bennett, Lou Dobbs and the Steve Gill Show.
Janine proudly served as a member of President Bush’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and continues to encourage volunteerism across the country. She has volunteered and raised money for numerous charitable efforts such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America, My Sister’s Place, the Pregnancy Resource Council, Texas Ballet Theatre, the Lois Weber Film Collection, the USA Film Festival, the Inwood House, and Single Parent Outreach of Richland Hills Church of Christ. She is a sought after public speaker, and has inspired audiences in locations such as Saddleback Church, Texas A&M, Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County, and at breast cancer events, single parent outreach and Special Olympic events.
Janine’s heartfelt mission is to make a cultural impact on America’s youth and citizens by building awareness of America’s founding principles and values.
Janine and her daughter, Juliette, make their home in Texas on their beloved ranch, Mockingbird Hill.
Cathy Gillespie is the co-chair of Constituting
America, http://www.constitutingamerica.org, founded by Actress Janine Turner (Northern Exposure, Friday Night Lights,Cliffhanger). ConstitutingAmerica’smissionis to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, internet and social media, to reach, educate and inform America’s adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights.
Constituting America is the only organization that utilizes today’s culture – song, film, social media and the Internet – to inspire and assist adults and students in learning about the U.S. Constitution.
Cathy is active in a number of political and charitable organizations, serving on the Board of Visitors of Virginia State University, and the board of Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services. She has volunteered and raised funds for the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation, Independent Women’s Forum, Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Histiocytosis Association of America, and the Susan B. Anthony List. She has served as a Commissioner on the President’s Commission on White House Fellows, a board member of Bishop Ireton High School and a Congressional Chief of Staff.
After 25 years on Capitol Hill and in politics, Cathy has come to believe that in addition to participating in the political process, we all must work to educate our children and re-educate ourselves about the principles embodied in the United States Constitution, and upon which our country was founded. Cathy believes we all must engage in “culture making,” in order to preserve and protect these values.
Cathy is a graduate of Texas A&M University. She lives in Fairfax County near George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Cathy is married to Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee Chairman and Counselor to President George W. Bush. They have three children, John (23), Carrie(20) & Mollie (17).