State Representative Rob Taylor (R-West Des Moines) announced today that he will not seek re-election to the Iowa House in 2018. First elected in 2012, he represents House District 44, the Dallas County portions of Clive, Waukee, and West Des Moines.
Taylor serves as the Chairman of the House Ethics Committee and Vice Chairman of the House Health and Human Services Budget Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Appropriations, Human Resources, and Transportation committees and the Iowa Commission on Interstate Cooperation. In previous sessions he served as Vice Chairman of the Education Budget Subcommittee and Environmental Protection Committee, and served on the Commerce Committee. He is a current member of the Council of State Governments (CSG) Executive Committee and received two Fellowships with the organization (BILLD and Henry Toll). He also serves as part of the International Relations and Energy Committee with the CSG-Midwest Legislative Conference which works to foster relationships between Midwest states and Canada.
“It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the people of Clive, Waukee, and West Des Moines in the Iowa House over the past six years. I have always done my best to be an independent voice for the people that I represent,” said Taylor. “However, I have reached a point where I need to focus additional time on our family businesses. Now is my time to step away and allow someone else to put their name on the ballot and continue to be a strong voice for House District 44.”
Taylor continued: “I want to thank my family, my constituents, and all of the wonderful people that I have gotten to know very well. I am confident that because of the work we did together, District 44 and the entire State of Iowa is in a better place than before I was first elected.”
During his time in the House, Taylor worked across the aisle to provide record funding for K-12 schools, deliver tax relief to Iowans, and ensure Iowans have opportunities for high-paying jobs and careers. He recently called for and secured an independent audit of Waukee Schools by the State Auditor after hearing about concerns from local parents. He has been a vocal leader on the state’s many health care issues and challenges through his work on the Health and Human Services budget and Human Resources Committee.
Taylor owns a training and consulting business, a honey and beekeeping business, and most recently, purchased a property in Osceola, Iowa to launch a whiskey, bourbon, and clear spirits distillery in the next year. He and his wife, Dr. Christi Taylor, an internal medicine physician and Chief Quality Officer for the Iowa Clinic, have four children: A senior dental student at the University of Iowa, a second year medical student at A.T. Still University (Kirksville, Missouri), a senior at Waukee High School, and a seventh grader at Waukee South Middle School.
Taylor is a member of the Des Moines Area Community College Alumni Foundation Board and the Automotive Advisory Council. His memberships include the NRA, the Iowa Farm Bureau, Southgate Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and a Gold Toque Society member of the Iowa Culinary Institute.
Taylor will serve out the remainder of his term, which ends January 2019.