Tom Taylor is a lifelong resident of Farmington, New Mexico. He is self-employed in investments including real estate, stocks and bonds and for 25 years owned and operated Farmington Lumber and Hardware Company. He served 12 years on the board of directors of First Place Financial Corporation, a four bank holding company. During this time Tom was on the Board of Directors of First National Bank of Farmington and Western Bank of Gallup. In addition he has served on a number of civic boards.
Tom served 32 year of elected office, most recently served his eighth term in the New Mexico House of Representatives where he was Minority Leader for six years. He was a member of the Business and Industry Committee and served on the Taxation and Revenue Committee for 11 years. He was also a three-term Mayor of Farmington, on the City Council for four years and on the Planning and Zoning Commission. In 1997 Tom organized the effort to bring a fiber optic backbone to the Four Corners. The high speed broadband project connected the region with Albuquerque, Denver, and the world. He also put forth the idea for the Enterprise Center, a business incubator now located at San Juan College.
A long list of past involvement includes: The San Juan Forum Board, San Juan Economic Development Service Board, New Mexico First, National League of Cities Economic Development Steering Committee, San Juan Water Commission, New Mexico Municipal League President, Leadership New Mexico, Western Legislative Academy, Boy Scouts of America, San Juan Symphony, Workforce Solutions Board, Farmington High School Student Body President, and was an Eagle Scout. Tom attended six years of college studying Architecture with minors in Math, Civil Engineering, and Photography. Things Tom likes to do include: swimming, woodworking, astronomy, fishing, scuba diving, racing cars, building stuff, and solving scientific, mathematical and political problems. Things Tom doesn’t like are bananas and campaigns. He has a very supportive wife, four kids and five grandchildren.
Passionate about the Four Corners community, from quality of life to economic development, Tom has always been a regional thinker recognizing that our communities and economies reach far beyond the governmental boundaries we have drawn in the sand.