Local lawyer, State Representative and Pro Tem Leader
Senator Stratton Taylor is the youngest of four in his family by 13 years, and was the first of his siblings to be born in a house with electricity and running water. His love for education and politics can be traced to his parents, Owen and Velma Taylor. Both were educators and were the first in their families to stay in school beyond the eighth grade.
A native of northeastern Oklahoma, Stratton Taylor was the only student in his 17-member Alluwe high school class to graduate from college. He earned a bachelors degree and a law degree from the University of Tulsa, working his way through school by sacking groceries in Claremore.
During his undergraduate senior year, the 22 year old Taylor entered politics, winning a seat in the State House of Representatives. Four years later he advanced to the State Senate. In unanimous, bipartisan votes in 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001, he was elected Senate President Pro Tempore, the upper chamber’s highest position. Taylor is married to former state representative Carolyn Thompson. They reside in Claremore with their two children. He is the founding member of the law firm Taylor, Burrage, Singhal, Mallett and Downs.