Taylor was sworn in as Ohio’s 65th Lieutenant Governor January 10, 2011, the same day Ohio Governor John R. Kasich named her to lead Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative (CSI) to reform Ohio’s regulatory policies, as well as to serve as director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. Through these two assignments, Taylor is committed to making Ohio a jobs- and business-friendly state. On January 12, 2015, Kasich and Taylor were sworn in to their second term in office.
CSI reviews Ohio’s regulatory system to eliminate excessive and duplicative rules that stand in the way of job creation. Both CSI and the Department of Insurance present unique challenges, but Taylor is no stranger to taking on tough assignments.
In 2006, Taylor was the first certified public accountant to be elected to serve as auditor of state, and 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 CPAs called Taylor one of their “most influential” members.
Elected to the state legislature in 2002, and re-elected in 2004, Taylor was instrumental in passing Ohio’s 2005 tax reform package that reduced personal income taxes by 21%. The measure also eliminated the tangible personal property tax, the corporate franchise tax and the inventory tax imposed on businesses. She was a member of the House Finance, Ways and Means, and Education committees and was recognized by the United Conservatives of Ohio as a “Watchdog of the Treasury.” The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s largest small-business group, also named Taylor a “Guardian of Small Business” for her outstanding voting record on behalf of Ohio’s small-business owners.
Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Akron. She began her career in 1990 with Deloitte and Touche, one of the “big four” national accounting firms. She joined the Akron firm of Bober, Markey, Fedorovich & Company in 1994, where she served as director of the firm’s tax department and senior manager of the employee benefits practice.
She’s been called an “expert” on state budget issues by the Columbus Dispatch. And, her hometown newspaper—the Suburbanite—called her one of Summit County’s “most influential women.”
Taylor is a life-long resident of northeast Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Don, and their sons, Michael and Joe.