OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt announced on Wednesday the appointment of Steven W. Taylor to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
Pending Senate confirmation, Taylor will serve a nine-year term, effective May 17. He is replacing John Massey, whose term expires in May.
“Chief Justice Taylor has been a dedicated public servant for the people of Oklahoma his entire career,” Stitt said. “He has a passion for education and a love for our great state. He will be an impactful addition to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as we work to move our state forward.”
Taylor, 69, was on the state Supreme Court from 2004 to 2016 and was chief justice from 2011-2013.
Taylor holds a bachelor’s in political science from Oklahoma State University. He holds a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. Taylor joined the Marine Corps in 1970. He served on active duty from 1974-1978.
Taylor practiced law from 1978-1984 in McAlester. In 1980, he was elected to the McAlester City Council. In 1982 he was elected McAlester mayor.
In March 1984, then Gov. George Nigh appointed Taylor associate district judge for Pittsburg County.
In 1994, Taylor was elected district judge of the 18th Judicial District.
In his more than 20 years as a trial judge, he presided over more than 500 jury trials including the state trial of the Oklahoma City bombing case.
— Barbara Hoberock, Tulsa World