Brent Taylor was born and raised in rural North Mississippi less than 60 miles from Memphis. He moved to Memphis to work as a funeral director after earning his mortuary science degree. In 1995, he became the youngest person ever elected to the Memphis City Council at age 27.
Taylor, who never voted for a tax increase, was viewed as the leading conservative voice on the Council. He chose to retire from the City Council after 12 years to focus on his business interests.
In 2004, Taylor and his wife, Kimberly, purchased their first funeral home. They bought other area funeral homes and built their business into the largest family-owned funeral operation in the Mid-South. Taylor remained involved in public service, first filling a vacancy on the Shelby County Commission on an interim basis and then serving on the Shelby County Election Commission for three years. Taylor served as Chairman of the Election Commission until his resignation in February to run for the State Senate. Throughout his career in the funeral business and as a public official, Taylor has been recognized as a trusted conservative leader.
Taylor was elected to the Senate District 31 seat in 2022 with over 66% of the vote. He serves on the Judiciary Committee, Transportation Committee, and the Government Operations Committee. Taylor has kept his commitment to his constituents by focusing his efforts on fighting violent crime and growing our economy.
Kimberly and Brent Taylor have been married nearly 30 years. The Taylors are parents of two adult children. Gage is an attorney in Dallas, and Molly is an interior architect in Charlotte. The Taylors reside in Eads and are active members of Trinity Baptist Church in Cordova.