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A.J. Taylor grew up in Oregon and came to the Seattle area to attend law school in 1996. He has lived on the Eastside for nearly 20 years, first in Redmond, and now in the Cougar Mountain neighborhood of Issaquah with his wife, Summer, and two daughters. His oldest daughter attends the University of Hawaii, and his youngest daughter attends Cougar Ridge Elementary.
Education has played an important role in A.J.'s life. He attended Oregon State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history. Afterward, he earned a master's degree in history from Utah State University. In 1999, he graduated with honors from the University of Washington School of Law.
A.J. began his career working as an attorney for two law firms in Seattle, and serving as a staff attorney for a federal judge in Spokane. In 2004, A.J. changed his career direction, taking a job with Microsoft. For the past 18 years, A.J. has worked in the areas of data privacy and security, with a specialized focus on policy governance for Microsoft.
A.J. serves his community in many capacities. He's a member of the Issaquah Rotary Club and has been a Rotarian for over 10 years. A.J. serves as the Legislative Chairperson for the Cougar Ridge Elementary PTSA and has been a delegate to the Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly for the past four years. He served on the 2021–22 Issaquah School District Levy Development Committee and is currently the community representative on the District's Financial Analysis Core Team. A.J. sits on the Board of Directors for Volunteers for Issaquah Schools, a nonprofit 501(c)4 citizens' committee that works to promote the passage of Issaquah School District bonds and levies. A.J. also sits of on the Board of Directors for the Issaquah Garage: A Teen Cafe. In addition, A.J. is currently a Commissioner on the City of Issaquah's Economic Vitality Commission, which provides expertise—both to the Mayor and the City Council—necessary to enhance and facilitate economic development within the city.