James Tayoun

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James J. Tayoun
Member of the Philadelphia City Council from the 1st District
In office
January 4, 1988 – May 17, 1991 [1]
Preceded byLeland Beloff
Succeeded byJoe Vignola
In office
January 5, 1976 – January 27, 1984
Preceded byIsadore Bellis
Succeeded byLeland Beloff
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 183rd district
In office
January 7, 1969 – November 30, 1970
Preceded byDistrict Created
Succeeded byAdriano Mastrangelo
Personal details
Born(1930-03-27)March 27, 1930
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedNovember 1, 2017(2017-11-01) (aged 87)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic
ResidencePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Alma materTemple University

James Joseph ("Jimmy") Tayoun (March 27, 1930 – November 1, 2017)[2][3] was a former Democratic member of Philadelphia City Council and of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.[4]

He served non-consecutive terms representing District 1 on Philadelphia City Council. He resigned from his first term in 1984 to run for a seat in the First Congressional District of Pennsylvania, challenging incumbent Thomas Foglietta.[5]

He resigned from his second term after pleading guilty to racketeering, mail fraud, tax evasion and obstruction of justice charges.[1] He spent 40 months in prison.[6] He is the 7th council member to be indicted since 1972.[7]

He was also editor, publisher, and photographer for the Public Record, a weekly newspaper.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Tayoun Accepts A Jail Term - Philly.com". articles.philly.com. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  2. ^ Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania. Dept. of Property and Supplies; Pennsylvania. Bureau of Publications (1969). The Pennsylvania Manual. 99. Department of Property and Supplies for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.phillyrecord.com/2017/11/editors-note-the-passing-of-jimmy-tayoun/
  4. ^ Cox, Harold. "House Members T". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  5. ^ "THE OTHER RACE, PHILIDELPHIANS SAY, IS TOO CLOSE A CALL". New York Times. April 7, 1984. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  6. ^ "Tayoun's son plans to challenge Fumo James J. Tayoun Jr., a surgeon and son of a former Philadelphia city councilman, will face the Democrat in April's primary. - Philly.com". articles.philly.com. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "Tayoun says plea best move for city". Reading Eagle. May 23, 1991. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  8. ^ "Legal Affairs". legalaffairs.org. Retrieved November 20, 2014.

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