0525807rep-t-olson-2007reducedTyler Olson is serving his second term in the Iowa House of Representatives, representing House District 38 which includes most of southeast and some of northeast Cedar Rapids.

He serves on the Administrative Rules Review, Commerce, Ethics, Human Resources, Judiciary, Rebuild Iowa and Ways & Means committees. Tyler also is the Chairman of the standing Commerce Health Systems Subcommittee and is on a standing subcommittee of Ways & Means that will review Iowa’s property tax system. Tyler previously served on the Economic Growth and Environmental Protection committees.

The Speaker of the House appointed Tyler in 2007 to the Midwest Leadership Council’s Economic Development, Workforce Development and Labor Committee. Tyler also serves on the Legislative Property Tax Study Committee and Single Point of Entry Long Term Living Resources Team. In 2008 he was appointed to the Rebuild Iowa Long Term Recovery Task Force and Direct Care Worker Compensation Advisory Committee. Tyler received the Bethel A.M.E. Church Lincoln Excellence in Governing Award and American Cancer Society Capitol Dome Award in 2008.

Tyler was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, and has lived in House District 38 for almost his entire life. Tyler is married to Sarah Halbrook Olson, who works at the United Way of East Central Iowa. Tyler and Sarah have a son, Leo.


Tyler is a sixth generation Iowan and fourth generation Cedar Rapidian. His father, Ron, operates a family-owned fourth generation small business in Cedar Rapids. His mother, Sue, is a social worker with experience at a number of Cedar Rapids human service agencies including the Child Protection Center, Madge Phillips Center, Young Parents Network and the Community Empowerment Board.

Tyler graduated from George Washington Senior High School in 1994.
He was an All-American swimmer at Washington, and a member of two state championship teams. He earned his bachelor’s degree in government and history from Claremont McKenna College, cum laude, in 1998, where he was also an All-American swimmer. Tyler earned his law degree from the University of Iowa in 2003. At the Iowa College of Law, he served as the Senior Note and Comment Editor for Volume 28 of The Journal of Corporation Law and President of the Iowa Student Bar Association.

Tyler works at Paulson Electric, a fourth-generation family business with offices in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Waterloo. Paulson Electric is celebrating 80 years of service in Eastern Iowa in 2008. Prior to joining Paulson Electric, he was an attorney at Bradley & Riley, PC, a law firm with offices in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, where he had a general practice, including, but not limited to, business and corporate and real estate law.

Tyler is a member of the American Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, Linn County Bar Association and serves on the Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Justice for All Committee. He also is a member of the Linn Law Club, where he served as Treasurer in 2006.

Tyler is also a member of the Cedar Rapids Downtown Rotary and chaired the Downtown District Creative Counsel’s Housing Team. In 2005, the Housing Team sponsored the first ever Cedar Rapids Downtown Housing Summit, an event which brought together over seventy-five developers, government officials, investors, bankers, potential residents and other community leaders to discuss the future of downtown housing. That same year, Tyler was recognized by the Corridor Business Journal as a member of the 40 Under 40 community leaders.

Tyler was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Corridor Free Wireless, Inc., a not-for-profit entity organized to bring free wireless internet access to downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Coralville.

Tyler was also one of the leaders of the petition drive and campaign that led to the change in form of government in Cedar Rapids effective November, 2005. He served as Treasurer of Citizens for a Better Cedar Rapids, and was heavily involved in the strategy of the campaign that led to almost 70% of Cedar Rapidians voting to move to a city manager/city council form of government.

Tyler is a past member of the Boards of Directors of the Neighborhood Revitalization Service and New Bohemia Arts & Culture District. He is also a member of Access Iowa, a group working to attract and retain young people in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor, where he was the Civic Committee Chair and a member of the Board of Directors in 2005. Tyler also served as a volunteer boys swimming coach at his alma mater, Washington High School and has volunteered for Mount Mercy College. In 2005, he served on the 15 in 5 Community Planning Committee’s Downtown & Riverfront Subcommittee. Tyler and Sarah are also members of First Presbyterian Church.

Tyler served as Finance Director for Rob Tully for Congress in Dubuque in the fall of 1998. He also served on the Iowa Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign in Linn County during the 1998 election cycle. Tyler worked as Assistant Finance Director-Washington for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington, D.C. from 1999-2000.

Tyler served in the leadership group of the Linn County Phoenix Club. He has also served on the Linn County Democratic Central Committee Finance Committee.