Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Mary Taylor helped put herself through college at the University of Akron, working in the accounting department of a local bank. She developed a bond with a supervisor and mentor, who encouraged her to study accounting and taxation, which is exactly what she did. After graduation, Mary landed a job at one of the nation’s top accounting firms. Later, her work ethic and perseverance helped propel her to a senior management position in a local accounting firm, and she quickly made a name for herself in her profession.
When her local community began experiencing unprecedented growth and development, she got involved, accepted a seat on city council, and spoke up for neighboring families and small businesses. It was the foundation of her dedication to her career in public service.
In 2003, Mary Taylor took her skills and experience to Columbus where she served two terms in the state legislature. She is proud of her work improving the state’s antiquated tax code, voting against the largest tax increase in Ohio’s history, and providing tax relief to working families.
On Nov. 7, 2006, voters made history by electing Mary Taylor the first certified public accountant elected to any state office in Ohio’s history. Making the same decisions in her office that families make in their homes to reduce spending, become more efficient, and ensure financial stability, Mary provided the type of leadership Ohioans expect from their elected officials. She transformed the office into a nationally recognized, 21st century government auditing firm. The National White Collar Crime Center praised Taylor for her excellence in fighting and preventing fraud and for recovering millions in misspent tax dollars. The Ohio Society of CPA’s called Taylor one of their “most influential” members.
In 2010, John Kasich and Mary Taylor were victorious in Ohio’s race to provide much needed new state leadership. With their victory, she was sworn in as Ohio’s 65th Lt. Governor on Jan. 10, 2011, the same day Governor Kasich named her to lead Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative (CSI) to reform Ohio’s regulatory policies, and to serve as the director of the Department of Insurance. These two assignments have been important contributors to the Administration’s success in making Ohio a jobs- and business-friendly state once again.
In 2012, CSI reviewed more than 1,500 proposed rules and overall, rule filings were down by 44 percent compared to the historical average. In addition, 2012 provided a number of opportunities to work directly with businesses to resolve regulatory burdens that were standing in their way. CSI is continuing to review Ohio’s regulatory system to eliminate excessive and duplicative rules that stand in the way of job creation.
As the Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, Mary has worked to create efficiencies within the Department including automating many of the processes for obtaining a license to sell insurance and implementing a program to collect back taxes from insurance agents. Under her leadership, the Department has also focused on consumer protection helping Ohioans save or recover $36 million in 2011 and 2012.
Mary Taylor is committed to serving Ohio and understands the importance of job creation and a growing economy. As a wife, a mother of two boys and a lifelong resident of Ohio, she is dedicated to helping all Ohioans realize their version of the American Dream, and will continue her hard work to make our state the best that it can be.
The Taylor Family