House Transportation Chairman John Taylor, known as “one of the most powerful Republicans in Philadelphia,” announced he will not seek re-election when his current term ends next year. Taylor, a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 177th Legislative District, has served as a lawmaker since 1985. During his tenure, Taylor played a crucial role in securing funding for Philadelphia area projects including the Pennsylvania Convention Center and new sports stadiums.

“John Taylor garnered a lot of respect from both sides of the aisle during his long tenure in Harrisburg,” said Buchanan’s Kim Sokoloski. “All eyes are now on who will replace him as chair of the House Transportation Committee.”