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The Honorable Priscilla Taylor

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Legislator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Spain
Favorite Quote:
It's Not Enough To Know The Right Thing To Do, It's Best To Do It Right.

Birthplace

Born:
12/30/1949
Birth Location:
Fort Pierce, Florida

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Legislator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Spain
Favorite Quote:
It's Not Enough To Know The Right Thing To Do, It's Best To Do It Right.

Birthplace

Born:
12/30/1949
Birth Location:
Fort Pierce
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Biography

Legislator Priscilla Taylor was born on December 31, 1949 in Fort Pierce, Florida. Taylor earned her B.S. degree from Barry University in Miami, Florida in 1997 and earned her M.B.A. degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1999.

Before attending Palm Beach Atlantic University, Taylor worked in the insurance industry and founded her own company. In 1999, Taylor was elected to public office for the first time as a commissioner for the Palm Beach County Commission. In that position, Taylor was integral to bring in the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the spring-training facilities for the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals baseball teams. She was re-elected twice and held the position of chairwoman in 2001 and 2003. Taylor was then elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2004, where she represented the 84th District of Florida. During her time in the House of Representatives, Taylor served as the Democratic Party Whip from 2004 until 2006. In 2009, she resigned from her seat in the Florida House of Representatives when Governor Charlie Crist appointed her to the Palm Beach County Commission. Taylor was re-elected to that position in 2010 and served until 2012. She was then appointed as mayor of Palm Beach County in 2014. Taylor campaigned for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 2016.

Taylor was also active in a number of community organizations, including the Greater Palm Beaches Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. Taylor also served as a board member for Columbia Hospital, the Criminal Justice Commission, the Epilepsy Foundation, and the Urban League. She served as the southeast director of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women as well.

Taylor was recognized for her service to the community through a number of awards and honors. She was the recipient of the Sojourner Truth Award and the A. Philip Randolph Institute’s Distinguished Legislative Service Award. Taylor was also named as one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women” by Success Magazine in 2006.

Taylor has two children, Vita and Sean.

Priscilla Taylor was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 11, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor talks about her relationship with her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor describes her family's occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor describes the personalities of her parents and maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor remembers Frances K. Sweet Elementary School in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor talks about school integration in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor describes her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor remember integrating Dan McCarty High School in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor describes her experiences at Dan McCarty High School in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor talks about her position at the BellSouth Corporation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor describes how she came to work in the insurance industry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor talks about the discriminatory practices of the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor remembers opening an insurance agency in Palm Beach County, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor talks about her civic involvement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor describes her experiences at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor describes her role on the Port of Palm Beach District Commission, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor describes her role on the Port of Palm Beach District Commission, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor talks about her African American peers on the Port of Palm Beach District Commission
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor talks about the results of the presidential election in 2000
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor recalls her campaign for the Florida House of Representatives
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor talks about Florida's black legislators
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor describes her work with the Innocence Project
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor describes the problem of wrongful convictions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor talks about Florida's stand your ground law, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor talks about Florida's stand your ground law, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor remembers the election of President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor describes her position on the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor talks about her accomplishments at the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor talks about her accomplishments at the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor describes the ban the box initiative
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor talks about the redevelopment of Belle Glade, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor remembers her campaign for the U.S. Congress, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor remembers her campaign for the U.S. Congress, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor talks about her political philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor talks about her family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - The Honorable Priscilla Taylor describes how she would like to be remembered