Casper R. Taylor, Jr.

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Casper R. Taylor, Jr.
105th Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates
In office
January 8, 1994 – January 8, 2003
Preceded by Clayton Mitchell
Succeeded by Michael E. Busch
Delegate Maryland District 1C
In office
January 8, 1975 – January 8, 2003
Succeeded by LeRoy E. Myers, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1934-12-19) December 19, 1934 (age 86)
Frostburg, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Profession Lobbyist
Religion Catholic

Casper R. Taylor, Jr. (born December 19, 1934), served as Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994–2003, the longest recorded Speaker's tenure in Maryland history.

Education

Taylor graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1956, where he was a member of the Air Force ROTC. He started out his career as a restaurant owner, and was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1974.

Career

Taylor is credited with helping to bring millions of dollars of state and private investments to the aid of his struggling district in Cumberland, including the state-backed Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort.[1] In the State House, Taylor authored many pieces of legislation over the course of his tenure, including the "One Maryland" bill, aimed at providing tax havens and other incentives for businesses to invest in depressed parts of the state.[2]

Taylor served until 2003 after losing his seat in the 2002 election. His loss is generally attributed to redrawn legislative district lines that added four heavily Republican precincts in Washington County to his traditionally Democratic district based around Cumberland, Maryland, and his support for some gun control laws, which were unpopular in the rural parts of his district.[3]

He has received numerous awards, including the Legislator Recognition Award from the Maryland Association of Counties in 1994 and 2001. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the College of Notre Dame in 2001, Frostburg State University in 2000, and Villa Julie College in 1995. He received the First Citizen Award from the Maryland Senate in 2003 and the Thomas Kennedy Award from the Maryland House of Delegates in 2004.

In January 2007, the new House of Delegates office building in Annapolis was named after Taylor.[4] He is now a lobbyist and government relations consultant for the Alexander and Cleaver firm in Annapolis, MD.[5]

Election results

  • 2002 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 01C[6]
Voters to choose one:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
LeRoy E. Myers, Jr., Rep. 5,657   50.3%    Won
Casper R. Taylor, Dem. 5,581   49.6%    Lost
  • 1998 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 01C[7]
Voters to choose one:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Casper R. Taylor, Jr., Dem. 6,205   70%    Won
Eileen Brinker Steele, Rep. 2,648   30%    Lost
  • 1994 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 01C[8]
Voters to choose one:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Casper R. Taylor, Jr., Dem. 5,928   100%    Won
  • 1990 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 2A[9]
Voters to choose one:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Casper R. Taylor, Jr., Dem. 4,116   65%    Won
Robert L. Lewis, Rep. 2,194   35%    Lost
  • 1986 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 2A[10]
Voters to choose one:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Casper R. Taylor, Jr., Dem. 3,533   59%    Won
James M. Roby, Rep. 2,431   41%    Lost

Citations

  1. A Taylor-Made Crusade; Legislator Is a Redevelopment Engine for Western Md. - The Washington Post - HighBeam Research
  2. For State House Speaker, a Change of Focus; Taylor's `One Maryland' Vision Shuns Partisanship to Seek More Common Ground - The Washington Post - HighBeam Research
  3. Taylor Appears Beaten; Neall, Baker Lose Seats - The Washington Post - HighBeam Research
  4. Cumberland Times-News - Building named for Cas
  5. Casper R. Taylor, Jr.
  6. "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Retrieved on Sept, 01 2007
  7. "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Retrieved on Nov. 3, 2007
  8. "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Retrieved on Nov. 3, 2007
  9. "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Retrieved on Nov. 3, 2007
  10. "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Retrieved on Nov. 3, 2007

References

Preceded by
R. Clayton Mitchell, Jr.
Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates
1994-2003
Succeeded by
Michael E. Busch