Rich Taylor was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2012. He represents Henry and Lee counties and portions of Washington and Jefferson counties.
Senator Taylor is chair of the Local Government Committee. He also serves on the Economic Growth, Human Resources, Judiciary, and Justice Systems Budget committees.
Beginning in high school at age 17, Rich served 7 years in the National Guard. He is a licensed Master Electrician, Master HVAC Technician and Master Refrigeration Mechanic. He worked for 26 years at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, where he was in charge of repairing and operating the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems.
Rich is an advocate for public safety in our communities. As such, he was often called upon in his work at the Penitentiary to repair and maintain vital equipment to keep inmates and correctional officers safe and secure.
Through his work at the Penitentiary, he also learned the importance of efficient government. In 1988, Rich took charge of an Environmental Facilities Improvement project that was estimated to save the state over $100,000 a year in energy costs. This was one the first truly “GREEN” Projects implemented by the State of Iowa.
Rich is a member of his local Union, where he served as a Blue Collar Steward and Treasurer for AFSCME Local 2989. He was also a 14-year member of the bargaining team that negotiated statewide contracts and an early retirement program under Governor Culver that saved the state an estimated $81 million after the recession of 2008.
Rich is a lifelong resident of the Mount Pleasant area. His is married to Annette and has two children: Stephanie, a licensed Esthetician, and Nicholas, who works as a Refrigeration Technician at Pinnacle Foods in Fort Madison.