Casper R. Taylor, Jr.
(born December 19, 1934) served as Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates
from 1994–2003, the longest recorded Speaker's tenure in Maryland history.
Taylor graduated from the University of Notre Dame
in 1956, where he was a member of the Air Force ROTC
. He started out his career as a restaurant owner, and was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1974.
Taylor is credited with helping to bring millions of dollars of state and private investments to the aid of his struggling district in Cumberland, including the state-backed Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort.
Taylor served until 2003 after losing his seat in the 2002 election. His loss is generally attributed to redrawn legislative district lines that added four heavily Republican
precincts in Washington County to his traditionally Democratic district based around Cumberland, Maryland
, and his support for some gun control laws, which were unpopular in the rural parts of his district.
He has received numerous awards, including the Legislator Recognition Award from the Maryland Association of Counties in 1994 and 2001. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane... Read More