Todd Taylor is currently serving his seventh term in the Iowa House. He is Chair of the Justice Systems Budget Subcommittee and Vice Chair of the Labor Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations, State Government, and Natural Resources 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 was a minister and his mom taught school at McKinley and Roosevelt Middle Schools.
Todd went to Taft Junior High and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1984. He worked as a short-order cook and vending machine supplier to pay his tuition at Graceland College in Lamoni and earned his bachelor’s degree in English and writing in 1988. He received an additional bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Iowa in 1990.
After graduation he worked for the Iowa Democratic Party for two years, directing phone, direct mail, and staff operations during two election cycles. He also received his first exposure to the Iowa Legislature as a clerk to then-Rep. Bob Dvorsky, who was chair of the Local Government Committee.
Having developed strong organizational skills, Todd was hired by the AFSCME union following the 1992 elections. He became a staff representative where he currently organizes employees and administers the collective bargaining agreement for members employed at the University of Iowa. He works to resolve employee grievances with the University, reviews job classifications and arbitrates disagreements.
Todd was first elected to the House in 1995, in a special election. He is an advocate on workers compensation, unemployment, pay equality and workplace safety issues. In 1998, he was selected to attend the Bowhay Institute, a leadership program for young legislators from Midwestern states. In 2002, Todd was elected by his colleagues to serve in leadership within the House Democratic Caucus as an assistant leader.
A former active Boy Scout, Todd volunteers his time with local Cub Scouts and has brought them to the State Capitol annually to lead the House in the Pledge of Allegiance. He also helps raise money for their field and camping trips and has participated in their food drives to stock the local food bank.
Todd has served on the board of the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs from 1996 to 2004.
Todd’s wife, Kim, is employed in the Cedar Rapids office of Sen. Tom Harkin, where she works on grants, military, and immigration and naturalization issues. Todd and Kim have two children. He and his family enjoy traveling and collecting antiques. Todd has a good collection of political and union buttons and memorabilia.