Dick Taylor is serving his fifth term in the Iowa House. He serves as Vice Chair of the Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Commerce, Local Government and Veterans Affairs Committees as well as the Justice System Budget Subcommittee.
Dick was born April 5, 1931, in Algona, Iowa, where he grew up. He is the son of Gladys and Otto Taylor, a union carpenter.
He graduated from Algona High School in 1949. He attended the University of Iowa for two years and had a year of training at the Milwaukee School of Engineering while serving in the U.S. Navy.
Dick worked as a union electrician for 42 years. Among the many projects he worked on in the Cedar Rapids area was Jefferson High School. He also volunteered his electrical skills in helping build a camp for handicapped children and installing lights in the Kennedy High gym for the wrestling team.
Dick and his wife, Jan, have owned a home and lived in Cedar Rapids for 49 years. They have been married for 54 years. Jan worked for 22 years as secretary to the Linn County Board of Supervisors. Dick and Jan have two children: Mark and Shelly. Mark is a Linn County Deputy Sheriff and Shelly is an accountant. Both children graduated from Kennedy High and have Masters Degrees. The Taylors have one grandchild.
Dick served in the Navy aboard the U.S.S. Menard off the coast of Korea during the Korean War. He chaired the Linn County Veterans Commission for 4 years, which he has served on since 1983. He has been instrumental in getting low-income veterans out of substandard housing and into the Veterans Home in Marshalltown and distributing food boxes to needy veterans. He is a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, and DAV.
Taylor was elected to the Iowa House in a special election in January, 2000 and is now in his fifth full term. Taylor was the lead Democratic sponsor of legislation which appropriated $278,000 (a dollar for each Iowa war veteran) to help build the National World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.
Dick has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers since 1951. He served on the executive board of the Hawkeye Labor Council for twelve years. He has been active in local Democratic politics for many years, serving as a precinct committeeperson for ten years. He is member of the Methodist Church and has been a Mason for 55 years. He is also a member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.