For State Representative Mary Taylor, family comes first. Born and raised in what is now the 43rd House District, Taylor and her husband Don have lived in the City of Green for the past 18 years. Guiding her sons Joe and Michael into adulthood is immensely rewarding for the 2nd term state legislator.
Growing up in the Springfield Township school system, Taylor formed a deep sense of commitment to her community. She later spent her post-secondary life as a "Zip" at the University of Akron where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Committed to her upbringing in Northeastern Ohio, Taylor was fortunate to be accepted to the University of Akron once again when obtaining a Master's Degree in Taxation.
As a Certified Public Accountant, Taylor excelled at the firm of Deloitte and Touche, her first job right out of college. She would eventually work her way up to Senior Tax Consultant. From there, Taylor joined the Akron based CPA firm of Bober, Markey, Fedorovich & Company where she was the Director of the firm's tax department and a senior manager of the Employee Benefits practice.
Taylor decided to run for public office to advocate for issues important to her community. Elected to serve the first ward as a council member for the City of Green, Taylor quickly realized her passion for assisting constituents so she sought the opportunity to expand her public service when deciding to seek election to the Ohio House of Representatives.
Taylor first ran for the Ohio House of Representatives in 2002 based upon her platform of less government through comprehensive tax reform and reduced spending. Winning 53% of the vote, Taylor was elected to represent the 43rd House District, the most Democratic seat held by a Republican House member during the 125th General Assembly. There she served as a member of the very important House Finance and Appropriations Committee. In addition, she passed legislation to strengthen corporate accountability in the wake of national corporate scandals. With a record of rational, professional decision making and conservative values, along with the commitment to her constituents, Taylor hit the campaign trail once again in 2004. This time she obtained nearly 58% of the vote. Today, Taylor is a member of the House Education and Economic Development and Environment Committees.
Taylor is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of CPAs, where she previously served as a Director for the Akron/Canton Chapter and a chair of the Professional Forums Committee. Taylor is also a 2003 graduate of the BOWHAY Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD) program. In addition, Taylor is a former adjunct professor at Walsh University where she taught accounting and tax courses.
Representative Taylor is the Republican nominee for Auditor of State in 2006.
Information obtained from Mary Taylor's campaign website.