Minority and Small Businesses

Wednesday - 5/6/2009, 7:33pm EDT

May 7th, 2009

BIG Experience host: Mr. J. David Reeves, Blacks In Government National President, will have Herman L. Taylor, Jr., Delegate, 14th Legislative District - Montgomery County as the guest on Thursday at 11:00 AM.




About the Guest

Herman L. Taylor, Jr.
Delegate, 14th Legislative District - Montgomery County

Delegate Taylor was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. He serves on the House Economic Matters Committee and is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Unemployment Insurance. He is the current Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Unemployment Insurance Oversight. He has served on the Banking, Economic Development, Science & Technology Subcommittee, and is currently a member of the Business Regulation Subcommittee and the Public Utilities Subcommittee.

Delegate Taylor served as the Historian of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland in 2003. From 2006 - 2008 he was the Second Vice Chair of that Caucus and is currently Chairman of the Economic Development Committee and Co-Chair of the Legislative Review Committee. He is also a member of the Maryland Veterans Caucus and the Maryland Democratic Business Caucus.

Delegate Taylor has received several prominent awards while serving in public office. In 2003, the Maryland State Department of Education presented him with the 2003 Award of Excellence in Education. In 2004, he was named Legislator of the Month by the Center for Policy Alternatives for his work on the Living Wage bill. In 2006, he was given the Clean Energy Partnership Award. Recently, he was awarded the Bethune-DuBois Institute Award and The Arc of Montgomery County Community Builder Award. He also received the 2008 Public Service Award by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for his work on securing funding for the Washington, DC Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. He was named the 2008 Legislator of the Year by the Washington DC Building and Construction Trades Council.

Delegate Taylor's community service has included involvement with the Rainbow/Push Coalition's Wall Street Project, the National Coalition of Minority Businesses, the American Council of Young Political Leaders, The Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum and Center for African-American History and Culture, the Olney Theatre Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, The Arc of Montgomery County, and Youth Leaders International.

During the 2009 Legislative Session, Delegate Taylor fought hard to remain a strong and independent voice in Annapolis. He championed legislation to ensure a bonus grant for those counties that put forth a strong local effort in terms of self-funding education. He was also one of the primary sponsors of the original re regulation bill, aimed to re regulate Maryland's electricity and ultimately control skyrocketing utility rates. Unfortunately, the Governor filed his own version of the bill late in the session that was adopted by the General Assembly. Lastly, Delegate Taylor fought hard to represent small and local disadvantaged businesses. He filed several pieces of legislation to allow these businesses to compete more successfully for state contract opportunities.