Mary Elizabeth Taylor Bio – Wiki
Mary Elizabeth Taylor is an American political aide who served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs from 2018 to 2020. She resigned on June 18, 2020, in protest of the handling of the Black Lives Matter protests by the President of the United States. She previously served as the White House Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs of Nominations for President Donald Trump.
Taylor is a native of Washington, D.C.
Some much needed courage coming from within the Trump Administration:
Mary Elizabeth Taylor writes, "The President’s comments and actions surrounding racial injustice and Black Americans cut sharply against my core values and convictions." https://t.co/gmDv26LA7h
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 18, 2020
Her age is unclear.
She earned a degree in political science from Bryn Mawr College and interned at Koch Industries as a college student.
She began her career in Capitol Hill as an intern for the United States Senate in July 2006. Taylor also worked in the Senate Republican cloakroom as a Senior Cloakroom Assistant. Taylor previously worked as an aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
In March 2017, she gained social media attention for her presence at the confirmation hearings of Judge Neil Gorsuch. Taylor worked on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination team when he met with U.S. senators before the confirmation hearings. In December 2018, Gorsuch officiated at Taylor’s formal swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Department of State.
In 2018, she listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 lists.
On June 18, 2020, Taylor submitted her resignation from the State Department in response to President Donald Trump’s handling of protests resulting from the killing of George Floyd.
Taylor Resigns Over Trump’s Race Issues
She is reportedly a lifelong registered Republican and stayed with the Trump administration through numerous race-related firestorms, Trump’s response to nationwide unrest and outrage at police killings of black men was apparently a bridge too far.
In her letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which was obtained by the Post, she said that recent events had changed the “trajectory of [her] life” and were molding her character.
“The President’s comments and actions surrounding racial injustice and Black Americans cut sharply against my core values and convictions,” she said. “I must follow the dictates of my conscience and resign as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs.”
According to the New York Times, when Trump took office, two of three black assistant secretaries of state were asked to resign inside a week and a third did so soon after.
The State Department did not respond to Heavy’s request for comment on Taylor’s resignation or when her vacancy might be filled.