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Todd Taylor

Todd Taylor is currently serving his 10th term in the Iowa House. He is a Ranking Member on the Justice Systems Appropriations Subcommittee. He also serves on the Appropriations, Labor and State Government committees.

Todd was born May 21, 1966 in Ames, one of four children of Robert and Wanda Taylor. He grew up in Cedar Rapids, where his dad is a retired minister with the Community of Christ and his mom taught school at McKinley and Roosevelt Middle Schools.

He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1984. He relied on federal guaranteed student loans, Iowa tuition grant, the Iowa math and science grant, funding from his local congregation, his parents, additionally, he worked multiple jobs to help pay his way through college. Representative Taylor earned his degrees from Graceland College in 1988 (BA in English 1988) the University of Iowa (BS in Political Science 1990).

After graduation he worked for the Iowa Democratic Party for two years, doing campaign work during two election cycles. He also received his first exposure to the Iowa Legislature as a clerk working for then Rep. Dvorsky who chaired the Local Government committee.

Having developed strong organizational skills, Todd was hired by the AFSCME union where he has been a union representative for more than 20 years. In this capacity, he organizes employees and administers the collective bargaining agreement, resolving employee grievances, reviewing job classifications, and arbitrating disagreements for nearly 5,000 employees at the University of Iowa.

Todd was first elected to the House in 1995, in a special election. During his legislative tenure, he has established himself as an advocate for workers compensation, unemployment, pay equality, workplace safety issues. He has been both chair and ranking member of Justice System Appropriation Budget committee, which is a leadership role overseeing the judicial branch, departments of justice, public safety, and corrections. He serves in an advisory role for the Council of State Government’s which works on leadership development of legislators in ten states in the Midwest. In 2002, Todd was elected by his colleagues to serve in leadership within the House Democratic Caucus as an assistant leader. Todd was recognized by the Humane Legislator of the Year by the United States Humane Society.

A former Boy Scout, Todd volunteers his time with local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and has helped them raise money for their campground and camping trips. Additionally, Rep. Taylor has participated in their food drives to stock the local food bank.

Todd’s wife, Kim, is employed at Cornell College in the Dean’s Office. Todd and Kim have two children, Sydney and Carson. He and his family enjoy traveling and collecting antiques. Todd has a good collection of political and union buttons and memorabilia.

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