Gene Taylor

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Gene Taylor
Gene Taylor, official portrait, 111th Congress.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Mississippi, District 4
Prior offices
U.S. House, Mississippi, District 4
October 17, 1989 – January 3, 2011
Date of birthSeptember 17, 1953
Place of birthNew Orleans, Louisiana
Gene Taylor was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Mississippi.[1] He was defeated by incumbent Steven Palazzo in the Republican primary on June 3, 2014.

Taylor was previously a Democratic Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He represented Mississippi's 4th Congressional District from 1989 to 2011. Despite serving as a Democrat for twelve years, Taylor announced that he had changed his party affiliation for his 2014 run.


Party conversion

Despite serving as a Democratic representative for 12 years, Taylor announced that he would run as a Republican in the 2014 elections. Despite opposition from prominent Republicans in Mississippi, the party certified his candidacy.[2]

Auto bailout

Taylor voted for the auto bailout.[3] As of September 13, 2010, 56 percent of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43 percent supported it.[4]

Campaign themes


Federal aid in Mississippi

In a speech at the Biloxi Visitors Center, Taylor began actively campaigning against Steven Palazzo, his opponent in the primary, attacking him for voting against federal aid after Hurricane Sandy. In his speech, Taylor argued that Mississippi greatly needed federal aid after Hurricane Katrina, highlighting the importance of federal aid for storm relief. Taylor also criticized Palazzo for wanting to cut the military budget, claiming that this would hurt military bases and thereby national defense as a whole.[5]



See also: Mississippi's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Taylor ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Mississippi's 4th District. Taylor sought the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014, but lost to Steven Palazzo.

U.S. House, Mississippi District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Palazzo Incumbent 50.5% 54,268
Gene Taylor 43% 46,133
Tom Carter 4.6% 4,955
Tavish Kelly 1.1% 1,129
Ron Vincent 0.8% 904
Total Votes 107,389
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State - Official Republican primary results

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Taylor's reports.[6]

Gene Taylor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]April 15, 2014$0.00$83,040.86$(33,799.27)$49,241.59
Running totals

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