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Steven W. Taylor
Current Court Information:
Oklahoma Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $
Appointed by:   Gov. Brad Henry
Active:   2004-2016
Chief:   2011-2012
Past post:   Judge, Oklahoma District 18
Past term:   1994-2004
Past post 2:   Associate District Judge, Oklahoma District 18
Past term 2:   1984-1994
Personal History
Born:   06/07/1949
Undergraduate:   Oklahoma State University, 1971
Law School:   University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1974
Military service:   U.S. Marine Corps

Steven W. Taylor is a justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He was appointed to this court by Governor Brad Henry on September 24, 2004 and was retained in 2010. He served as chief justice from January 2011 through December 2012.[1][2] His current term expires in 2016.[3]


Taylor earned his B.A. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University in 1971 and his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1974.[4]


Awards and associations


  • 2009: Inducted in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame
  • 2009: Regents Alumni Award, University of Oklahoma
  • 2007: Named one of "100 Who Shaped Us," Oklahoma magazine
  • 2007: Inducted into the Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame
  • 2003: Distinguished Alumnus, Oklahoma State University
  • 2002: Leadership Legacy, Oklahoma State University
  • 1997: Citizen of the Year, City of McAlester
  • 1983: One of Three Outstanding Young Oklahomans[5]


  • Board of Directors, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Oklahoma City National Memorial
  • Board of Directors, Oklahoma Heritage Association
  • Member, First United Methodist Church
  • Trustee, Oklahoma City University[5]



Taylor was retained with 64.88% of the vote.[6]

See also: Oklahoma judicial elections, 2010

In the News: Articles

Nichols Trial

Taylor presided over the trial that convicted Terry Nichols for his role in the Oklahoma City Bombing.[7]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Taylor received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.26, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is less conservative than the average CF score of 0.33 that justices received in Oklahoma. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[8]

See also

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