Dr. Carolyn Taylor was born in Norman, Oklahoma. After graduating from Norman High School she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in history in 1979 and a master’s degree in political science in 1992 from the University of Oklahoma. She earned a doctorate in political science and higher education from Oklahoma State University in 1999.
Dr. Taylor served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1984-1992. During her term she served as chair of the Education Committee and the Appropriations and Budget Sub-Committee. She was the principal author of a number of bills that affected education, women, and families. She also served on the economic development and mental health committees.
Dr. Taylor taught AP Government at Norman High School from 1979-1984. In 1992 she became an Associate Professor at Rogers State University where she teaches political science.
She has published two books and authored a number of articles on politics and education in Oklahoma, as well as reports such as strategic plans and institutional development plans for Rogers State University. Her most recent work, Voices from the Heartland, is an Oklahoma Centennial Project.
Dr. Taylor was inducted in the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007, to the Child Advocates Hall of Fame in 2003 by the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, received Oklahoma Observer’s award for Top Ten Legislators of the Year in 1990, 1991, and 1992, and received the Pinnacle Award from the Tulsa Commission on the Status of Women in 1995.
Dr. Taylor is married to Stratton Taylor. They live in Claremore, OK and have two children.
See also the Women of the Oklahoma Legislature Oral History Project collection.
(Bio current as of 2008)