Sylvester Taylor, II

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Sylvester Taylor, II
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Missouri House of Representatives, District 80
Former member
In office
2011 - 2013
Base salary35,915/year
Per diem98.40/day
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected2010
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Date of birth04/19/1966
Office website
Sylvester Taylor, II (b. April 19, 1966) is a former Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing District 80 from 2011 to 2013.

Taylor's professional experience includes working as an electrician at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1.

Taylor attended Texas A&M University.

Committee assignments


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



See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2012

Taylor ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Missouri House of Representatives, District 75. Taylor was defeated by incumbent Rochelle Walton Gray in the August 7 primary election.[1]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 75 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRochelle Walton Gray Incumbent 60.2% 3,113
Sylvester Taylor, II Incumbent 39.8% 2,059
Total Votes 5,172

Ballot access issues

On June 14, 2012, the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that Taylor should not appear on the August 7 primary election ballot because he did not reside in the newly drawn House district in which he is seeking election. However, according to reports instead of taking action the court simply outlined its reasoning and transferred the case immediately to the Missouri Supreme Court.[2]

On June 19, the Supreme Court ruled Taylor could remain on the ballot since it was a redistricting year. According to the decision, "Had the drafters of the constitution wished to limit eligibility to candidates residing only in those parts of an old district that were absorbed into the new one, they could have crafted narrowing language to that effect. They did not."[3]


See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010 Taylor won election to the Missouri House of Representatives. Taylor's opponents in the August 3 primary were Teona McGhaw-Boure and Gloria Hardrict-Ewing.

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Taylor was up for re-election, he collected $42,220 in donations.[4]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Electrical Workers $2,500
Friends for Tim Green $2,500
Fire Service Alliance $2,000
BNSF Railway $1,200


Taylor and his wife, Ernestine, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Missouri House of Representatives District 75
Succeeded by
Mike Colona (D)