Taylor to leave Ivey Administration to make way for wife’s run for Congress

Taylor to leave Ivey Administration to make way for wife’s run for Congress

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Bryan Taylor, general counsel for Gov. Kay Ivey, is stepping away from his post as the governor’s top legal adviser to make way for his wife, Jessica Taylor to pursue a run for Congress.

Bryan Taylor submitted a letter of resignation, effective October 15, and Ivey’s Communications Director Leah Garner confirmed the departure to Alabama Daily News Monday.

In his resignation letter, Bryan Taylor thanked Ivey for her “trust and confidence” and praised her for steadying “the ship of state.”

“Although I love serving as your General Counsel, I have concluded that resigning now is the right thing to do for you and your administration in light of my wife Jessica’s interest in running for Congress,” he wrote.

“In this endeavor, she deserves my full support, and I want to be available to her whenever she needs it – for supplying my advice and counsel, should she ask for it, and for providing personal encouragement when the going gets tough. As a matter of conscience, I must resign because it could become difficult, eventually, to serve both you and Jessica faithfully without inviting criticism of your administration, unfair as it may be.”

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Inside Alabama Politics first reported in September that Jessica Taylor was considering a run for Congress in Alabama’s 2nd District, where five term incumbent Rep. Martha Roby recently announced she is not seeking reelection. As IAP reported:

After working in the Governor’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, Taylor started her own consulting business that has grown into a multi-state operation. Her story as an attorney, entrepreneur and mother of three has caught the attention of well-funded Washington-based political groups, including those keen on electing more Republican women to office. Some are said to be coveting the “anti-AOC,” a young, attractive, tough-talking female conservative who can go toe-to-toe with Brooklyn Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “squad” of fellow progressives. If Jessica Taylor could fit that bill – and could raise enough money – she could be competitive in the AL-2 primary.

Jessica Taylor has not made an official announcement or formed a congressional campaign committee.

Before his time in the Ivey Administration, Bryan Taylor served in the State Senate representing District 30, which includes much of the 2nd Congressional District. He was the chief author of a constitutional amendment repealing a legislative pay raise and a bill overhauling Alabama’s ethics code.