Taylor named to Beshear's transition team

Former 8th District State Rep. Jeff Taylor was appointed to Governor-Elect Andy Beshear's transition team last week for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Taylor is serving as co-chair of the team alongside Joe Prather of Elizabethtown.

The duo, along with 10 transportation transition team members from across the state, are tasked with evaluating the cabinet's current operations and presenting a report to the Beshear administration.

"We will be basically meeting with existing transportation staff to gather information to formulate a report for the incoming administration so they can hit the ground running and have an immediate idea of what's needed," Taylor said Thursday, noting the report is due Dec. 3.

Taylor said he was "honored" to be picked to serve.

"I'm very honored because there were very few people selected from western Kentucky," he said. "I was called up to service by our state, and I want people to know I would have done this for Gov. Bevin even though I didn't agree with him on most things, but I will serve if I'm called."

Taylor said he's been a longtime supporter of Beshear and often helped organize local meetings and fundraising efforts when Beshear campaigned in Christian County.

Despite his rapport with the incoming governor, Taylor said his experience in the state legislature and his career in project management should not be overlooked.

Taylor spent 31 years working for the Tennessee Valley Authority and retired as a senior project manager.

"I managed projects from $5 million to $50 billion," he said.

Before that, he graduated from Leadership Hopkinsville in 1994 and Leadership Kentucky in 1996.

In 2016, Taylor served a brief stint in the Kentucky House of Representatives after he won a special election for the District 8 seat. Rep. Walker Thomas won the November 2016 election and is serving in that role.

Today, Taylor is an economic development consultant and has a small real estate investment firm.

Taylor said after Dec. 3, his role on the transportation transition team will be done, and that doesn't mean he will have a job in the transportation cabinet.

"I haven't asked and he hasn't asked me, but if he did, I would consider," Taylor said.

Reach Zirconia Alleyne at 270-887-3243 or zalleyne@kentuckynewera.com.

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