Ashley Turton: 5 Facts About the DC Lobbyist Found Dead in Her Car
The bizarre death has D.C. wondering what happened to Turton. Authorities said her death appears to have resulted from "a low-speed crash, an unknown medical condition, the fire, or some combination of the three," The Washington Post reported.
Turton, who was 37, lived a full life. Surge Desk rounds up what we know about her so far.
1. She was one-half of a power couple
Turton was married to Dan Turton, the White House's deputy director of legislative affairs for the U.S. House. Last year, Politico included them in a piece on White House aides who are married to lobbyists. The two were well-known in Democratic circles.
2. She used to work for Congress
Before becoming a lobbyist, Turton served as chief of staff to Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat from Connecticut. She also spent time as an aide to Rep. Richard Gephardt.
3. She lobbied for Progress Energy
After leaving the Hill, Turton began working in 2007 as a regulatory analyst for Progress Energy, a North Carolina-based utility company. Progress Energy is also in the news today because of a possible $13.7 billion merger with Duke Energy.
4. She was a family woman
The Turtons have three children. According to neighbors, the children are all under 5 years old. The couple purchased their home in southeast D.C. for $826,000 in 2003.
5. She will be missed by many in D.C.
As news of Turton's death spread today, Progress Energy issued a statement offering condolences, and friends and old co-workers took to Twitter to share their sorrow.
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