Meet Rich Taylor
Senator Taylor and his wife, Annette, in the Senate chamber
I was born and raised in Mount Pleasant, IA and have lived here all of my life. I am the youngest of 4 children. From an early age, my parents, Everett & Doris Taylor, instilled in me a deep sense of fairness and duty for people and this country.
Shortly after graduating high school at age 17, I joined the National Guard and proudly served for 7 years. The National Guard taught me many of the skills that I utilized during my 26 year career as an HVAC Technician and Maintenance worker for the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.
While working at the Iowa State Penitentiary, I learned the importance of public safety to our communities. I was in charge of repairing and operating the heating, ventilation, air- conditioning and refrigeration systems. In addition to those duties, I was called upon to repair and maintain vital equipment to keep inmates and correctional officers safe and secure.
I also learned the importance of efficient government during my time at the Iowa State Penitentiary. In 1988, I took charge of an Environmental Facilities Improvement project to lower energy costs for the penitentiary that was estimated to save the state over $100,000 each year in energy costs. This was one the first truly “GREEN” Projects implemented by the State of Iowa.
Due to my strong sense of fairness to and protection of, blue collar workers and their families, I immediately joined the local union when I started working at the penitentiary. I was the Blue Collar Steward and Treasurer for the AFSCME Local 2989. I focused on fighting for workers who were treated unfairly. I was also a 14 year member of the bargaining team that negotiated 7 State-wide contracts and the early retirement program under Governor Culver that saved the state an estimated $81 million during the financial crisis.
It’s through these experiences and skills that I believe that I have what it takes to get Iowan’s back to work!