LIMA, Ohio — The Honorable Mary Taylor, Lt. Governor for the State of Ohio, will give the commencement address to the class of 2012. The College will confer nearly 675 degrees—the largest in College history—this Saturday, June 9 at the College’s 42nd annual commencement exercise at Lima’s Veteran’s Memorial Civic and Convention Center at 2 p.m.
Taylor was sworn in as Ohio’s 65th Lieutenant Governor on January 10, 2011, the same day Governor John R. Kasich named her to lead CSI Ohio – the “Common Sense Initiative” to reform Ohio’s regulatory policies, as well as to serve as the director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. These two assignments dovetail together and provide the perfect launching pad for working to make Ohio a jobs – and business – friendly state. CSI Ohio will review Ohio’s regulatory system to eliminate excessive and duplicative rules that stand in the way of job creation and the regulatory mission of the Department of Insurance is a good place to start.
Both CSI and the Department of Insurance present unique challenges, but Taylor is no stranger to taking on tough assignments. As the first certified public accountant to serve as Auditor of State, she transformed the office into a nationally-recognized, 21st-century government auditing office. The National White Collar Crime Center praised Taylor for her excellence in fighting and preventing fraud and for recovering millions in misspent tax dollars. The Ohio Society of CPA’s called Taylor one of their “most influential” members.
As a state legislator, Mary Taylor was instrumental in passing Ohio’s 2005 tax reform package that reduced personal income taxes by 21 percent. The measure also eliminated the tangible personal property tax, the corporate franchise tax and the inventory tax imposed on businesses. She was a member of the House Finance, Ways and Means, and Education committees and was recognized by the United Conservatives of Ohio as a “Watchdog of the Treasury.” The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s largest small-business group, also named Taylor a “Guardian of Small Business” for her outstanding voting record on behalf of Ohio’s small-business owners.
Lt. Governor Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Akron. She began her career in 1990 with Deloitte and Touche, one of the “big four” national accounting firms. She joined the Akron firm of Bober, Markey, Fedorovich & Company in 1994, where she served as director of the firm’s tax department and senior manager of the employee benefits practice.