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Steven Taylor


Justice Steven W. Taylor was born June 7, 1949 in Henryetta, Oklahoma. He graduated McAlester Public Schools in 1967. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University in 1971. Justice Taylor received the Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1974.

Taylor joined the United States Marine Corps in 1970 and served on active duty from 1974-1978. He was trained as an infantry platoon commander and later served as a prosecutor and Chief Defense Counsel. In 1977 he became the youngest judge in the U.S. Armed Forces. He was promoted to the rank of Major.

Following his active duty service in the Marines, Taylor practiced law in McAlester from 1978-1984. In 1980 he was elected to the McAlester City Council and in 1982 was elected Mayor of McAlester, making him the youngest Mayor in that city’s history. He was named one of Three Outstanding Young Oklahomans for 1983. In 1985, in recognition of Taylor’s leadership in economic development, the City of McAlester named a multi-million dollar industrial park for him where many industries now employ several hundred Oklahomans. In 1997 he was named “Citizen of the Year” in McAlester. Taylor serves on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City National Memorial and the Oklahoma Heritage Association. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church of McAlester and is a trustee of Oklahoma City University. His wife Mary is a teacher in the McAlester Public Schools. They have one son Wilson. Justice Taylor is the co-author of a book, The University of Oklahoma College of Law: A Centennial History.

In 2002 Taylor was recognized by Oklahoma State University as a “Leadership Legacy” and 2003 “Distinguished Alumnus”. In 2007 Justice Taylor was inducted into the Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame and in 2009 the University of Oklahoma presented him with the Regents Alumni Award.

Professional Experience
18th Judicial District
District Judge
Pittsburg County
Law practice in McAlester
McAlester City Council 1980, Mayor of McAlester 1982
United States Marine Corps
active duty from 1974-1978
University of Oklahoma College of Law
J.D. (1974)
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Oklahoma State University - Stillwater
B.A. (1967) | Political Science
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Regents Alumni Award
University of Oklahoma
Hall of Fame
Oklahoma State University
“Distinguished Alumnus”
Oklahoma State University
“Award of Judicial Excellence”
Oklahoma Bar Association
“Leadership Legacy”
Oklahoma State University
“Citizen of the Year”
McAlester, OK
Professional Associations
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City National Memorial and the Oklahoma Heritage Association
Board of Directors
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Articles & Publications
The University of Oklahoma College of Law: A Centennial History
Websites & Blogs
Oklahoma Supreme Court
Court biography
Contact & Map
Mailing Address
Oklahoma Judicial Center
2100 N. Lincoln Blvd., Suite 4
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4907
Telephone: (405) 556-9368