Louisiana Political
Hall of Fame


2009 Inductee

Patrick Taylor

Patrick Taylor was President, Chairman, CEO and sole owner of Taylor Energy Company in New Orleans until his death in 2004. Mr. Taylor conceived, developed and spearheaded the TOPS (Taylor Opportunity Program for Students) legislation, which passed in July 1989 and made Louisiana pay tuition for all academically qualified students. In October of 2004, Forbes magazine recognized Mr. Taylor as the first and only billionaire from Louisiana.