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Gene Taylor Papers

Identifier: M506

Scope and Contents

This collection documents Gene Taylor’s political activities while serving as Congressman for South Mississippi from 1989 to 2011 and has been divided into seven series. Series I: Congressional Activity includes Taylor's Congressional records, subject files, correspondence, appropriations, and voting records. Series II: Daily Schedules consists of the daily agenda for the U.S. House of Representatives, including nonconsecutive sessions spanning from May 10, 1994, to September 29, 2010. Series III: Hurricane Katrina includes materials concerning the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), insurance reform, and Mississippi's rebuilding efforts from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Series IV: Invites and Appointment Requests include organizational events and speaking engagements requesting Gene Taylor’s presence or participation from 2004 to 2010. Series V: Military and Defense includes materials documenting Congressional Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) discussions regarding operations at Keesler Air Force Base, Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, Ingalls Shipbuilding, and Camp Shelby. This series also includes materials on the War on Terror, Iraq War, Veterans' Affairs, military operations, and military construction. Series VI: Media includes photographs, news releases, VHS tapes, and DVDs featuring Gene Taylor’s activities during his time in Congress. Photographs also feature USM benefactress Oseola McCarty, a Congressional High School art competition, and the Rhein-Main Air Base in Germany during Operation Desert Shield, among other subjects. News releases cover events from 1989 to 2005. The tapes and DVDs include, but are not limited to, interviews with Taylor, features on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and Congressional floor coverage. Series VII: Memorabilia includes plaques, trophies, and framed items given to Taylor as awards or gifts in appreciation for his service. This collection does not include his pre-Congressional or post-Congressional activities, such as his time in the Mississippi Senate or his 2014 Congressional campaign.


  • Creation: 1988-2010

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Gary Eugene “Gene” Taylor was born on September 17, 1953. He graduated from Tulane University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. He served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve from 1971 to 1984 and achieved the rank of Petty officer, first class. He received the Commandant's Letter of Commendation for firefighting and a Letter of Commendation for saving the life of a crew member. He later did some post-graduate coursework at The University of Southern Mississippi. Taylor was elected to the Bay St. Louis City Council in 1981. He served Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson Counties as a member of the Mississippi State Senate from 1984 to 1989. He ran for Congress in 1988, but was defeated by Larkin Smith. Gene Taylor was later elected to Congress in an October 1989 special election after the death of Congressman Larkin Smith. His constituency as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives included Mississippi’s 5th District from 1989-2003 and Mississippi’s 4th District from 2003-2011. Taylor was a Democrat with a conservative voting record and was a member of the Blue Dog Coalition during his terms in Congress. He served as a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and as the Chairman of the HASC Sea Power Subcommittee. He also served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Taylor served on the Shipbuilding Caucus, National Guard and Reserve Caucus, and Coast Guard Caucus.

Gene Taylor received many awards and honors during his political career, including: Guardian of Small Business Award, Watchdog of the Treasury, Inc., Challenge Champion Award, Gulf States Manufacturers Award, Frank Tejada Leadership Award, National Safe Boating Council Confluence Award, Salute to Congress Award, Minuteman of the Year Award, Big Stick Award, Admiral's Circle Award, Service Man of the Year Award, Truman Award, Pinnacle Award, Helping our Heroes Foundation, Hancock County Emergency Management Recognition, Military Family Congressional Champion Award, Appreciation of Support for Men and Women Who Serve in the Guard and Reserve, Bateman Award, Sonny Montgomery Award, Legislator of the Year Award, and the L. Mendel Rivers Award for Excellence.

Gene Taylor's final Congressional term ended on January 3, 2011, after representing the people of South Mississippi for over 21 years. Taylor settled in Bay St. Louis, MS and worked as a consultant before becoming Commissioner of the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission. He then transitioned to his current role as Director of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. He is married to the former Margaret Gordon, and they have three children and several grandchildren.

Sources Used: Contents of collection, collection case file, (Linkedin)


120 Cubic Feet : Oversized Materials: 302A.C3.A3-A5

Language of Materials



The Gene Taylor Papers, ranging from 1988 to 2010, contain materials regarding Gene Taylor's Congressional terms. This collection includes his Congressional career serving South Mississippi, his efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and his support of the U.S. Military.


This collection is arranged into seven series: Series I: Congressional Activity (arranged alphabetically by topic) Series II: Daily Schedules (arranged chronologically) Series III: Hurricane Katrina (arranged alphabetically by topic) Series IV: Invites and Appointment Requests (arranged chronologically) Series V: Military and Defense (arranged alphabetically by topic) Series VI: Media (arranged by format type) Series VII: Memorabilia (arranged by size)


Donated by Brian Martin in 2010.

Donated by Brian Martin via Ana Maria Rosato in 2011 and 2015.

Donated by Gene Taylor via Philip Shaw in 2015.

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Gene Taylor Oral History Interview, Call Number F341.5 .M57 vol. 902

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Gene Taylor Papers
Collection processed and finding aid written by Brandon Ball.
March 16, 2023
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Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001