Taylor Collins Announces Candidacy for Iowa House

MEDIAPOLIS — Today Taylor Collins announced he will seek the Republican nomination
for the newly redistricted Iowa House District 95. Taylor is eager to listen to the issues most
important to the voters of Des Moines, Henry, Louisa, and Muscatine counties.
“There’s often too much noise in Des Moines and not enough results. I’m running for this
seat to bring common-sense solutions to the table and be a strong, conservative voice for
Southeast Iowa,” said Collins. “I look forward to talking with folks in the district about the
issues they’re facing and earning their votes along the way.”
The announcement comes after Representative David Kerr (R-Morning Sun) announced he
will not seek reelection after serving three terms in the Iowa House.
“I want to thank Rep. Kerr for his many years of service to our state, and wish him and Joyce
all the best in his retirement,” said Collins. “At the Capitol, Dave is known to be an effective
advocate for Southeast Iowa. He leaves big shoes to fill, but I will work as hard as I can to
continue to ensure the people of Southeast Iowa remain well represented.”
Taylor previously served as a Policy Advisor to Governor Kim Reynolds and later Senior
Advisor to Lt. Governor Adam Gregg. As a Policy Advisor, Taylor served as a liaison to four
state agencies under the purview of the executive branch. Taylor worked with the Lt.
Governor on rural development policy through the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa
Initiative and helped craft policy recommendations through the Governor’s FOCUS
Committee on Criminal Justice Reform. Most notably, Taylor served in the Governor’s Office
during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, aiding in the state’s response.
Collins is currently an Adjunct Professor at Iowa Wesleyan University where he teaches
classes in economics and business. Taylor has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management
from Iowa State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Drake
University. Collins also serves as chair of the Southeast Iowa Young Republicans chapter, and
attends Harmony Bible Church in Danville with his fiance Savannah. Taylor currently resides
in Mediapolis, not far from where, in 1951, Taylor’s great grandparents, John McCulley Sr.
and his wife, Betty, founded the family business – Oakville Feed & Produce, now known as
TriOak Foods.