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Catherine Terry Taylor
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Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolThe Ethel Walker School
Bachelor'sYale University
Date of birthMarch 25, 1961
Place of birthHartford, Connecticut
ProfessionPolicy adviser; Speechwriter
Catherine Terry Taylor (born March 25, 1961, in Hartford, Connecticut) was a Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island in the 2014 elections.[1] Catherine Terry Taylor lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

In late-June 2010, Taylor announced her candidacy for Rhode Island Secretary of State.[2] She received slightly over forty-nine percent of the vote in the general election on November 2, 2010, and was narrowly defeated by Democratic incumbent Ralph Mollis.

Taylor is a former speech writer for the late Senator John H. Chafee and former Senator Lincoln D. Chafee.


Taylor was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of The Ethel Walker School and holds a bachelor's degree in history from Yale University.[3]

After receiving her degree at Yale, Taylor joined the staff of Bob Smith, a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, where she remained for two years. She then served as both a legislative assistant for defense and foreign policy as well as a speechwriter for John Chafee, a Republican member of the United States Senate representing Rhode Island. Following Chafee's sudden death in 1999, his son, Lincoln, retained Taylor as senior editor until his unsuccessful bid for re-election in 2006.[4]

Back in the private sector for the first time in twenty years, Taylor and Ian Lang, another former member of Chafee's senatorial staff, founded Lang-Taylor Ltd., a communications and public affairs consulting firm based in Providence, Rhode Island; the company later changed its name to Taylorwordworks.[1]


  • Ethel Walker High School
  • B.A. in history from Yale University[3]



See also: Rhode Island Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Taylor ran for election to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island. Taylor won the Republican nomination in the primary on September 9. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Primary election
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Terry Taylor 66.7% 17,722
Kara Young 33.3% 8,831
Total Votes 26,553
Election Results via Rhode Island Board of Elections.
General election
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel McKee 54.3% 169,078
     Republican Catherine Terry Taylor 33.8% 105,305
     Moderate William Gilbert 8.3% 25,951
     Libertarian Tony Jones 3.3% 10,221
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 906
Total Votes 311,461
Election Results via State of Rhode Island.


See also: Rhode Island Secretary of State election, 2010
  • 2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary
  • Catherine Terry Taylor ran unopposed this contest

On November 2, 2010, A. Ralph Mollis won re-election to the office of Rhode Island Secretary of State. He defeated Catherine Terry Taylor (R) in the general election.

Rhode Island Secretary of State, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngA. Ralph Mollis Incumbent 50.6% 166,140
     Republican Catherine Terry Taylor 49.4% 162,283
Total Votes 328,423
Election Results Via: Rhode Island Board of Elections

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