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Spanberger Honors Goochland Pharmacist as “Central Virginian of the Week”

Washington, March 12, 2020

**VIDEO/AUDIO: On Floor of the U.S. House, Spanberger Applauds Mr. Taylor’s Commitment, Selflessness, and Advocacy in the Goochland Community**

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger yesterday recognized Goochland County pharmacist Peyton “Pete” Taylor as this week’s “Central Virginian of the Week.” Spanberger recognized Taylor’s 40 years operating a community pharmacy in Virginia’s Seventh District, as well as his compassionate commitment to patient advocacy.

Since 1980, Taylor’s local pharmacy has served as a trustworthy, knowledgeable, and friendly location for community members to receive their medications. Concerned by the challenges facing independent community pharmacies and the rising costs of prescription drugs, Taylor is a vocal advocate for healthcare reforms on behalf of his pharmacy and his patients.

Since Spanberger took office in January 2019, Taylor’s knowledge of the evolving pharmaceutical landscape has been an important resource to her team. His expertise and on-the-ground experience on the front lines of the prescription drug affordability crisis have help informed Spanberger’s actions in the U.S. House.

Click here to watch and download Spanberger’s full speech. A full transcript of her remarks is below:

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Madam Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to address the House for one minute, and to revise and extend my remarks.

I rise today to honor the commitment, selflessness, and advocacy of Peyton “Pete” Taylor, the owner of a community pharmacy in our district and our “Central Virginian of the Week.”

Mr. Taylor graduated from pharmacy school in 1979 and after graduating, he began operating Goochland Pharmacy to serve our community and provide patients with healthcare services tailored to their needs.

Despite the evolving pharmaceutical landscape over the past decades, Mr. Taylor remains committed to providing personalized service to those in his community.

His deep concern for the rising costs of prescription drugs has made him a vocal advocate for the needs of his customers in the Goochland community. Mr. Taylor’s knowledge of the challenges facing small business pharmacies has been a vital resource to me and my team, and I am grateful for his thoughtful engagement.

Mr. Taylor truly has the best interests of his community at heart, and I thank him for his 40 years of dedicated service to Goochland and the greater Seventh District.

I yield back.

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BACKGROUND

Mr. Taylor is an honoree in Spanberger’s “Central Virginian of the Week” series, recognizes which and celebrates constituents who embody the Seventh District’s values of excellence, kindness, courage, and service.

Spanberger previously recognized Chesterfield veteran Henry Mack for his courageous service in the U.S. Navy and his nonprofit to address veteran homelessness and unemployment.

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