|38th Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|Preceded by||Bill LaFortune|
|Succeeded by||Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr.|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Kathryn Louise Taylor (born September 29, 1955) was elected the 38th Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 4, 2006, in the city's largest voter turnout for a mayoral election. She defeated Republican incumbent Mayor Bill Lafortune to become Tulsa's second female mayor, after Susan Savage first filled the post in 1992. Taylor is married to Bill Lobeck, CEO of Vanguard Automotive Group. Taylor served as Oklahoma's Secretary of Commerce and Tourism in Governor Brad Henry's administration from 2003 to 2006. She resigned from that post in order to run for Mayor.
As Mayor, Taylor oversaw the completion of Tulsa's "Vision 2025" projects including the BOK Center. Taylor also pushed a successful $450 million street bond issue and construction of a new downtown baseball park. She supervised the move of Tulsa's city hall. On June 4, 2009, Taylor abruptly announced that she would not seek re-election. On September 30, 2009 Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry announced that Taylor would become his top education adviser after her term as mayor ended on December 7. Taylor subsequently led Oklahoma's two unsuccessful applications for federal program funds in the "Race to the Top" competition.
In January 2013, Taylor announced that she would run again for her old job as mayor of Tulsa in the 2013 election. In the mayoral primary election on June 11, 2013, in which the city used a new non-partisan election system for the first time, Taylor finished first with 42.1% of the vote, ahead of her successor (and the current incumbent), Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr., who had 34.2%. She and Bartlett met in a runoff election on November 12, 2013, and Bartlett prevailed, receiving about 55% of the vote.
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- Justin Juozapavicius, "Bitter campaign for Tulsa mayor nearing end", Associated Press in Miami Herald, November 10, 2013.
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Russell M. Perry
As Secretary of Economic Development and Special Affairs
|Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism
Under Governor Brad Henry
Ronald E. Bussert
|Director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Under Governor Brad Henry
2003 - 2006
|Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma
2006 - 2009
Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr.
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