04/18/1921 - 07/27/2010

TAYLOR, Elinor Zimmerman “EZ,” a Representative from Chester County; born in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pa., April 18, 1921; B.S., West Chester State Teachers College (now West Chester University of Pennsylvania), 1943; M.Ed., Temple University, 1958; honorary doctorate of public service, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, 1996; attended, Columbia University and University of Delaware; teacher, Ridley Park High School; teacher, West Chester High School; associate professor of Health and Physical Education (1955-1968), assistant dean of women (1968), acting dean of student affairs (1969), dean of administration (1970-1975), and professor emeritus, West Chester University of Pennsylvania; elected, council, West Chester (1974-1978); elected as a Republican to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 1977 term; reelected to serve 14 consecutive terms thereafter; elected, Majority Caucus Secretary (1995-April 15, 2003); elected, Majority Caucus Chair (April 15, 2003-2006); appointed, board, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (1981-2006; vice-chair, 1991-1994; chair, 1995-2006); appointed, House Select Committee on Long Term Care (1986-1988); appointed, Select Committee to Study the Feasibility of a Harrisburg University (1990); appointed, vice-chair, House Select Committee on Violence (1994); appointed, Commission on Postsecondary Education for the 21st Century (1999-2000); appointed, Joint State Government Commission (2003-2006); PHEAA building dedicated, January 23, 2003, as the Elinor Z. Taylor Headquarters Building; appointed, Select Committee Investigating the Integration of Human Rights Standards in Pennsylvania Laws and Policies (2002, 2004); not a candidate for reelection to the House for the 2007 term; died, July 27, 2010 in Stuart, Martin County, Florida; interred, Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery, West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania.


Archival Collections

Papers of Elinor Z. Taylor, 1977-2006, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives, Harrisburg.
The Elinor Z. Taylor Collection, Frances Harvey Green Library, West Chester University, West Chester, Pa.


Oral History

Rep. Elinor Taylor Oral History, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives (September 27, 2006).


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