Biography 
Since being elected in 1984, Rep. John Taylor has confronted the problems and challenges faced by his native Philadelphia with a determination that reflects the working-class attitudes of the city neighborhoods he represents. John continues to focus on finding solutions to critical issues that impact the families and communities of his district and the surrounding region.

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In the 2017-18 term, John continues his tenure as chairman of the House Transportation Committee, which provides oversight of the state’s mass transit systems and transportation infrastructure, including roads, bridges and highways. As chairman, John’s priorities will include reducing speed on Roosevelt Boulevard. He also serves on the State Transportation Commission.

John also remains committed to battling the opioid epidemic. In addition to holding community outreach events, he introduced legislation that was passed into law to create a pilot program to expand Recovery High Schools, where high school students can attend classes without working near their drug dealers.

Taylor also introduced and passed a state constitutional amendment to allow Philadelphia to alter the way it taxes real estate to reduce the city’s wage and business privilege taxes.

In the 2013-14 session, John served as chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, which provides oversight of the state’s beverage alcohol industry and the more than 20,000 licensed hotels, restaurants, clubs, eating places, breweries and wineries statewide. In that capacity, John helped pass the first step toward the privatization of liquor wholesale and retail sales since Prohibition.

In that position, John handled the floor debate to privatize the state’s liquor sales that passed the House in a historic vote. The bill changed the way beer, wine and spirits would be sold and set a timetable for the privatization of state-owned liquor stores.

Also in the 2013-14 session, John crafted legislation to make the possession of an illegal firearm a third-degree felony with a minimum mandatory sentence of at least two years total confinement.

A strong voice for the preservation of the neighborhoods of Philadelphia, John authored Act 153 of 2012, which allows Pennsylvania’s municipalities to create public land bank authorities in order to efficiently acquire, manage and develop tax-foreclosed properties. This and other critical legislation sponsored by John allowed Philadelphia to reclaim properties whose owners were tax delinquent or allowed their property to deteriorate to the detriment of the community.

John is also focused on fighting scrap metal thieves who have vandalized properties. John’s legislation would create a database and requiring scrap processors to register with the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office. The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office would also be in charge of maintaining the new database.

To give Philadelphians tax relief, John supported legislation to allow Philadelphia residents who own a property that is their primary residence to qualify for a Homestead Exemption, which would take $30,000 off of their real estate assessment as the city began its Actual Value Initiative of performing real estate assessments, which, in most cases, caused drastic increases in their assessed property values.

John has been committed to the elimination of school violence in Philadelphia city schools. He was the key advocate for the creation of the Office of School Victim Advocate, as well as the presentation of factual findings and a series of practical guidelines to address this problem, which have been presented to the new School Reform Commission.

Previously, John served as co-chairman of the Joint Select Committee to Examine Elections Issues. That bipartisan committee, formed in 2001, examined the elections process in Pennsylvania to ensure the efficiency and integrity of the election process. As a result of the joint select committee’s ongoing examination, legislation was signed into law in January 2002, establishing a statewide central voter registration system, known as SURE. The SURE system is a uniform, integrated computer system that contains a database of all voters in the state. All county registration commissions are required to be tied into the system.

In the late 1990s, John was a member of the bipartisan “Gang of Five,” a group of legislators from Philadelphia who spurred debate that led to a package of anti-crime measures and a new strategy toward fighting crime in the city.

Through his sponsorship of related amendments to House legislation in 1999, John played an instrumental role in the state Department of Welfare’s decision to relax its 20-hour-per-week work rule to allow welfare recipients an additional six months to finish their educational studies.

Over the years, John has addressed a variety of health and human services issues as a member of the House Select Committee on Pharmaceuticals, the Task Force on Child Care, the Task Force on Mental Retardation Services Delivery System and the Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol.

In his home district, John’s three district offices have helped countless constituents through the years. John has brought millions of dollars back home to help support various youth groups, service groups and senior citizen organizations.

John is a 1973 graduate of Northeast Catholic High School for Boys. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Central Florida in 1980. John completed his law degree at Temple University School of Law in 1984. Currently, he is of counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of Archer & Greiner P.C.

Born on April 9, 1955, John resides in the Northwood section of Philadelphia with his wife, Evelyn Frosch Taylor. He has four adult children: Sean, who has a Ph.D. in data science and works for Facebook; Sheila, a sports medicine physician in York, Pa.; Jillian, who currently attends Temple University School of Law and works for the Office of the District Attorney for Philadelphia County; and Brian, who has a Bachelor of Science in business administration and is working for GoPuff. 
  
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