Thomasville Times Enterprise


February 15, 2014

Taylor seeking re-election

THOMASVILLE — Darlene Taylor announced Friday afternoon that she will seek re-election as the Georgia House District 173 representative.

“It is a privilege and an honor to serve as the voice for the citizens of the 173rd House District, and it is a responsibility that I take very seriously,” she said in a campaign statement received by the Times-Enterprise. “I humbly ask for your continued support and vote in the 2014 election.”

Commenting on the legislative experience she has gained during her two terms, Taylor said she has gained considerable insight and knowledge into the legislative process for which she has been very active. She said her legislative experience in conjunction with 30-plus years as a successful business owner are crucial now and will continue to serve southwest Georgia during the next legislative session, which begins in January 2015.

“A tremendous amount of analysis regarding appropriations and tough state budget decisions has been undertaken in recent years because of the adverse impact of the nation’s recession on our state’s economy,” Taylor said. “The budget decisions were not easy, but we made them by establishing priorities. The result is that we produced a state budget that is balanced and did not raise state taxes on families or on businesses,” Taylor said. “We made state government live within its means just like families and small businesses have to do each day.”

Taylor is a member of the Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Committee, the Appropriations Committee, and Insurance Committee, where she is Chairman of the Health Subcommittee.  Additionally, she is a member of the Governmental Affairs Committee, serving as its secretary.  She is the vice chairman of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.  In addition to her committee assignments and legislative work, Taylor also received the appointment of legislative whip.                                   

“Serving on the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee is significant to the entire region because Agri- business is the premier industry of this region and the state, — all the while contributing to the nation in a substantial manner.  As you well know, agriculture, along with the impact of our natural resources, is paramount to both our regional and state economy.” Taylor said.

Additionally, Taylor was appointed to the Medicaid Reform Subcommittee where the breadth of her health care industry experience and vast knowledge of health care delivery were used to identifying process improvements. This session, she met with leadership regarding the new state health care plan where she both sought and obtained immediate actions for plan improvements to better serve Georgians.        

Taylor and her husband John have been married for more than 40 years, have a farm in Cairo and reside in Thomasville. They have two married sons and five grandchildren. The family worships at First Baptist Church of Thomasville.  


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