Bill Taylor represents House District 86 in the South Carolina General Assembly. He was first elected to office in 2010 and re-elected in 2012 and 2014. He is currently Chairman of the Higher Education Subcommittee of the House Education & Public Works Committee. During his second term he was elected First Vice Chairman of the Education Committee.
Other positions of legislative leadership include serving as a Whip for the House Majority Caucus for four years and Chairman of Communications for the House Republican Caucus 2015-16.
Bill currently serves on the House Legislative Oversight Committee which is charged with inspecting and investigating state government. He also serves on the Ad Hoc Tax Review Committee appointed by Speaker Jay Lucas in August 2016. During the 121st legislative session, Bill served on the Ad Hoc House Ethics Committee.
Bill is a former television reporter, producer, anchorman and news director. For more than three decades he was an entrepreneur and media consultant/critic. During his career he advised broadcast and cable networks, Hollywood studios, and scores of local TV stations, as well as newspapers and web developers. He was a partner in forming a media consulting firm that eventually grew into a family of companies stretching from Dallas to Los Angeles and London.
Bill proudly served as a consultant to the George H.W. Bush White House in ’91-92.
Bill is active in the community. He is a past Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Aiken Chapter of the American Red Cross, where he served for nine years. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army of Aiken. As part of his personal mission work, Bill created the Emergency Mobile Shower Unit which provides free showers to first responders and disaster victims as it did during Hurricane Ike in Texas. In 2015 he donated the shower unit through the S.C. Baptist Convention where it is still in active service. As a member of Millbrook Baptist Church, he has been on international and domestic mission trips. He made four trips to Mississippi and New Orleans repairing damaged homes after Hurricane Katrina. Another mission trip was to Joplin, MO after the devastating 2011 tornado. He also went on a church mission trip to Cuba in 2012. Bill is a Shriner and has served the Aiken County Shrine Club in transporting young patients to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Greenville, SC. He is a member of the Aiken Rotary Club is actively involved in a wide variety of other Aiken County activities.
Bill is happily married to Donna Taylor for 46 years. Donna is Vice President, Associate Broker and REALTOR® at Meybohm Realtors, Aiken. They have two adult children. Daughter Kasey Taylor Lenz is and is a REALTOR® in Hartsville, SC and a wonderful mother to their grandchild, Avery. Kasey is married to Bil Lenz. Son Ryan Taylor, a USCA graduate with a Master's in Counseling from Liberty University, is the Clinical Director for a mental health facility for adolescents. Ryan is married to Jackie Heath Taylor. They live in Aiken and are the proud parents of two children, Laurel and Lydia.
The Taylor's currently live in rural Aiken County and previously owned and operated a 66 acre horse farm in the northeast part of Aiken county for a number of years.