COLUMBUS – In one of his first official acts after being sworn-in, Gov. John Kasich appointed Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor to be director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. Immediately following the announcement, Kasich signed an Executive Order creating the Common Sense Initiative to lead a transformation of Ohio’s regulatory policies and named Taylor to lead the effort. The complete text of the Executive Order can be found at: http://governor.ohio.gov/Portals/0/pdf/executiveOrders/EO2011-01.pdf.
Taylor is the former Auditor of State where she served for four years as the state’s top fiscal watchdog guarding against fraudulent and wasteful spending of tax dollars. The first Certified Public Accountant to serve as Auditor, Taylor modernized the office into a nationally-recognized, 21st-century public accounting firm and provided state and local government officials across Ohio with thousands of ideas and solutions to improve efficiency and cut costs by more than $140 million annually.
Prior to being elected Auditor of State, Taylor served two terms in the Ohio House of Representatives and was a member of the House Finance; Ways and Means; and Education committees. She began her career in 1990 with the accounting firm Deloitte and Touche before joining the regional firm of Bober Markey Fedorovich & Company in 1994, where she served as director of the firm's tax department.
Taylor lives in southern Summit County with her husband and two teenage boys.