Cable group taps Taylor as executive director


The Mississippi Cable Telecommunications Association (MCTA) has hired Mississippi House of Representatives Policy Director Arnold “TJ” Taylor to serve as Executive Director.  In his new role, Taylor will oversee the day-to-day operations of the association, develop sound communications policies to promote in the State Legislature and serve as spokesperson for the MCTA.

 “The need for stable, reliable communications services has never been more important than it is today,” says Taylor.  “Mississippians need broadband providers with a proven history of performance in the state now more than ever.  I look forward to working with the members of MCTA to expand their broadband footprint in Mississippi, as they continue their commitment to serve the communications needs of the state.”  

Taylor began his career working as a law clerk with both Speaker Gunn and the Mississippi State Medical Association before working as a policy analyst at a conservative think tank.  In 2015, Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn brought Taylor back to the legislature to serve as his Counsel and Policy Advisor before ultimately promoting him to Policy Director.  

“TJ brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Cable Association,” says Greg Capranica, General Manager of Sparklight Biloxi and MCTA President.  “We look forward to having him on our team.”

Taylor earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and his Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law.  He is a member of the Mississippi Bar, where he has served in the Young Lawyers Division.  Taylor was also appointed by Speaker Gunn to serve on the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag and was named to Mississippi’s Top 50 by YallPolitics.  

Taylor and his wife Brittany live in Madison with their two children, Cooper and Austin.

Taylor assumes his new position November 1, 2020.  

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