Senator Mark Taylor (D-12)
|State Capitol / Room 109 / Atlanta, GA 30334|
|P.O. Box 1156 / Albany, GA 31702|
|(404) 651-7738||(912) 883-5200||(912) 431-1122|
|Secretary||Senate Transportation (Trans)|
|Member||Senate Appropriations (App)|
|Member||Senate Ethics (Ethics)|
|Member||Senate Insurance & Labor (I&L)|
|Member||Senate Reapportionment (Reapp)|
|Member||Senate Rules (Rules)|
Mark Taylor of Albany was first elected to the state Senate from the 12th District in a special election held April, 1987 to fill an unexpired term. Taylor was recently elected to his sixth term and is one of the Senate's most influential members.
Taylor is administration floor leader in the Senate for Governor Zell Miller and is responsible for sponsoring and working for passage of the Governor's legislative proposals, including tough anti-crime and anti-DUI legislation. He had previously served as an assistant administration floor leader.
A Democrat, Taylor serves on the prestigious Senate Ethics Committee and is a member of the influential Appropriations and Rules Committees.
He is secretary of the Transportation Committee and is the senior member of the Insurance Committee.
He was also a member of the Access to Health Care Commission and the Senate Defense Conversion Strategies Study Committee which was created to consider new uses for military bases in the state that might be closed in the future.
Senator Taylor currently serves on the Agricultural Exposition Overview Committee and is a member of the joint Senate-House Fiscal Affairs Committee. He is a member and subcommittee chairman of the Governor's Military Affairs Coordinating Commission.
As a senior member of the Senate Insurance Committee, he is a leader in the fields of health care cost containment and legal system reform especially as they relate to the high cost of insurance in Georgia.
During the 1994 legislative session, Taylor successfully steered major anti-crime legislation through the General Assembly including mandatory minimum prison terms and laws which will allow juveniles accused of violent crimes to be tried as adults.
Senator Taylor sponsored and worked for passage of "Point of Service" legislation in the 1996 General Assembly which allows consumers the opportunity to purchase a health care provider's "choice" product. This expands managed care and gives the patient the right to choose his or her health care provider, as well as lowering health care costs.
Taylor secured state funding for Albany State College, Darton College and Albany Tech, as well as funding for the Family Practice Residency Program at Albany. He was the Senate sponsor of the Job Tax Credit Act of 1989, Georgia's first state-sponsored incentive to attract industry to rural Georgia. This program has been dramatically expanded under Georgia B.E.S.T., passed in 1994.
Born May 7, 1957 in Atlanta, Taylor graduated from Emory University with a degree in political science and earned a law degree from the University of Georgia Law School.
Taylor is an executive of the Fred Taylor Company of Albany and is active in community and civic affairs. He is a member of the Georgia Bar Association and the Dougherty County Bar Association and is a charter member of Leadership Albany. He is a past president of the Artesian City Sertoma Club and is a member of the Rotary Club. He serves on the boards of the March of Dimes, Albany/Dougherty 2000 Partnership, and the Thronateeska Heritage Foundation.
The 12th Senatorial District includes parts of Dougherty County as well as Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Terrell and Webster Counties.