John Taylor

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John Taylor
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Pennsylvania State House District 177
Incumbent
In office
1985 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 29
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1984
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Central Florida, 1980
J.D.Temple University School of Law, 1984
Personal
Birthday04/09/1955
Place of birthPhiladelphia, PA
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John J. Taylor (b. April 9, 1945) is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 177. He was first elected to the chamber in 1984.

Biography

Taylor earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida in 1980 and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1984. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Taylor served on the following committees:

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Liquor Control, Chair
Urban Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Taylor served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Taylor served on these committees:

Issues

Liquor privatization

On March 5, 2013, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai introduced House Bill 790, and the bill was referred to the Liquor Control Committee, which is chaired by Taylor.[1][2] This bill was the legislative form of Corbett's January 30, 2013, proposal to privatize the state-owned liquor stores and use the revenue to increasing funding for education. The governor's plan would see the state's liquor and wine stores auctioned off, while big box stores, supermarkets, and convenience stores would be able to sell limited quantities of beer and, in the case of big box stores and supermarkets, wine. Restaurants, already able to sell beer, would be able to sell customers up to six bottles of wine, while retail beer distributors could obtain licenses to sell beer, wine, and liquor, instead of only beer. The auctions and licensing fees would generate an estimated $1 billion over four years. Under Corbett's plan, these funds would be distributed to school districts using a formula based on their student enrollment and income level. The block grants would fund "school safety; early learning; science, technology, engineering and mathematics course programming; and 'individual learning.'"[3] After HB 790 was reported to the House by the Liquor Control Committee on March 18 and then by the Appropriations Committee on March 21, the House passed the bill 105-90 on March 21.[2] This amended version of the bill would privatize the wholesaling of wine and spirits within one year, require the government liquor stores in any given county to shut down within six months after the number of private stores double those of the government, and provide education credits and civil service hiring preferences to employees of the government stores.[4] Taylor had floated an alternative plan which would introduce more competition into the liquor market but allow a reduced number of the state stores to continue to operate and was a key player in amending HB 790 into the form in which it passed the House.[5]

Two key Republican leaders, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, supported increasing consumer choice but remained unconvinced that the government stores needed to be auctioned off.[6] Pileggi and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati supported increasing consumer choice but remained unconvinced that the government stores needed to be auctioned off.[7] After the House's passage of the bill, Pileggi reasserted his emphasis on "looking for ways to increase convenience, and selection at a competitive price" rather than privatization. He indicated that bill would be changed before passage in the Senate. Corbett refused to publicly comment on how he would approach negotiations with the Senate but reaffirmed his support for privatization.[8]

As of August 26, 2013, HB 790 has been referred to the Appropriations Committee in the Senate.[9]

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent John Taylor was unopposed in the Republican primary. Taylor is unchallenged in the general election.[10][11]

2012

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Taylor ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 177. Taylor ran unopposed in the Republican primary on April 24 and defeated William Dunbar (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[12][13]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 177, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Taylor Incumbent 56.7% 12,249
     Democratic William Dunbar 43.3% 9,336
Total Votes 21,585

2010

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Taylor won re-election to District 177 in 2010. He had no primary opposition and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 2, 2010.[14]

Pennsylvania State House, District 177
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Taylor (R) 8,337 100.0%

2008

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Taylor won re-election to District 177 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He received 13,893 votes, defeating Democrat Harry Enggasser (9,619).[15]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 177
Candidates Votes Percent
John J. Taylor (R) Green check mark transparent.png 13,893 59.1%
Harry L. Enggasser (D) 9,619 40.9%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for John Taylor is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, John Taylor raised a total of $2,005,305 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[16]

John Taylor's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 177 Won $171,885
2010 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 177 Won $238,431
2008 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 177 Won $273,152
2006 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 177 Won $348,754
2004 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 177 Won $300,371
2002 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 177 Won $324,160
2000 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 177 Won $159,308
1998 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 177 Won $189,244
Grand Total Raised $2,005,305

2012

John Taylor won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, John Taylor raised a total of $171,885.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Taylor's campaign in 2012
Cmte For Fiscal Responsibility$6,000
House Republican Campaign Cmte of Pennsylvania$5,000
Good Jobs Pennsylvania Pac$5,000
Pennsylvania Future Fund$5,000
Pennsylvania Federation of Teachers$3,500
Total Raised in 2012$171,885
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Taylor received $238,431 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[17]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Taylor's campaign in 2010
Painters & Allied Trades District Council 21$9,000
Leipziger, Robert A$5,540
Pennsylvania Association For Justice$5,500
Pennsylvania Beer Alliance$5,250
Steamfitters Local 420$5,250
Total Raised in 2010 $238,431

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 2 to December 31. In 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly will be in session from January 7 through November 30.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their support for legislation related to LGBT equality.
  • Legislators were scored on their votes on bills related to reproductive freedom and family planning.

2011-2012

In 2011, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 4 through November 30. In 2012, the Pennsylvania General Assembly began its legislative session on January 3.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators were scored based on floor votes that highlighted environmental issues.

Personal

Taylor and his wife, Evelyn E., have four children.

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References

  1. Brad Bumsted, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Turzai: House could get liquor privatization bill soon," accessed March 5, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bill information Pennsylvania House Bill 790, accessed on March 7, 2013
  3. Angela Couloumbis and Rita Giordano, Philadelphia Inquirer, "Corbett's new liquor privatization plan would benefit public schools," February 1, 2013
  4. Katrina Anderson, Commonwealth Foundation, "What's in New Liquor Liberty Bill?," March 18, 2013
  5. Steve Esack, Morning Call, "Pa. House liquor committee approves sale of state store system," March 19, 2013
  6. Brad Bumsted, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Turzai: House could get liquor privatization bill soon," accessed March 5, 2013
  7. Brad Bumsted, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Turzai: House could get liquor privatization bill soon," accessed March 5, 2013
  8. Tony Romeo, CBS Philly, "Pa. House Passes Liquor Store Privatization; Hurdles Loom In Senate," March 21, 2013
  9. Open States, "HB 790," accessed on August 26, 2013
  10. Pennsylvania Department of State, "Official primary results for May 20, 2014," accessed July 9, 2014
  11. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2014 Official Candidate Listing," accessed March 21, 2014
  12. Pennsylvania Department of State, "Official Primary Results," accessed April 15, 2014
  13. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 Primary Candidate List," April 15, 2014
  14. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 2, 2014
  15. Pennsylvania Department of State, "Official 2008 General Election Results," accessed April 15, 2014
  16. followthemoney.org, "Taylor, John," accessed September 19, 2013
  17. Follow the Money, "2010 donations," accessed May 2, 2014
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Pennsylvania House Of Representatives District 177
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