Judge Taylor is the immediate past chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He served in that position from July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2012.
He was first elected as a Court of Appeals judge in November 2003 to represent the 2nd Appellate District, which is composed of Barren, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Daviess, Grayson, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Henderson, LaRue, Meade, Ohio, Union and Warren counties. He was re-elected in November 2006 to a full eight-year term.
Judge Taylor previously practiced law in Owensboro for more than 20 years and was a sole practitioner from 1990 until his election to the Court of Appeals.
Judge Taylor has a Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Memphis State University. He earned his law degree from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, graduating with honors in 1982. He is a 1971 graduate of Elizabethtown High School.
As a member of the Kentucky Judicial Ethics Committee, Judge Taylor is one of the three judges statewide chosen to serve on the committee with two attorney representatives selected by the Kentucky Bar Association. The committee regularly reviews the Code of Judicial Conduct and provides advisory opinions to justices and judges throughout Kentucky regarding judicial acts and conduct. Judge Taylor is also a member of the Judicial Branch Compensation Commission.
Judge Taylor served on the Kentucky Bar Foundation Board of Directors for six years and presently serves on the board of directors for the Daviess County Public Schools Foundation. He served on the Murray State University Board of Regents from September 2006 to September 2009.
Judge Taylor is a past president of the Kentucky chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is also past president of the Daviess County Bar Association, Daviess County Public Defender Corp. and the Daviess County Lawyer Referral Service. He is a member of the Kentucky and Daviess County bar associations. Judge Taylor is a Life Fellow in the Kentucky Bar Foundation and a member of the Brandeis Honor Society at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.
He is also a member of the Owensboro-Daviess County Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Owensboro Kiwanis Club and serves on the Girls Inc. Advisory Board of Trustees. He is a former board member of the Owensboro-Daviess County Committee on Aging. He has been a frequent United Way volunteer and has been a volunteer for the Salvation Army and Boy Scouts Law Explorers.
Judge Taylor was born in Fort Knox in Hardin County and raised in Daviess County. He is married to the former Betty Keller of Christian County. She has one son and the couple has two grandchildren. Judge Taylor and his wife are members of Lewis Lane Baptist Church in Owensboro.