Woodbury County Supervisor and former Iowa legislator Jeremy Taylor announced on Wednesday he has opened a federal campaign committee for the Republican nomination of the Fourth Congressional District in Iowa.

Taylor, 40, serves as a chaplain (captain) in the Iowa National Guard’s 734th Regional Support Group. He’s an energy specialist for Sioux City Schools and recently won his second four-year term to the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors.

“After a great deal of encouragement, I’ve decided to answer a call to serve,” Taylor said. “Iowans in the Fourth District have an opportunity to choose a leader during this next election cycle with a conservative track record of results at the state and county level. Instead of focusing on past controversy, I intend to make this campaign about how I can best represent and serve our people well at the national level.”

Taylor’s press announcement included his achievements at the state and county level and didn’t focus on Congressman Steve King, unlike many of the previous entrants into the race.

According to the release, Taylor fought for conservative principles in a divided government while earning a 100 percent from the American Conservative Union. His voting record was 100 percent pro-life. He also fought for a Second Amendment provision to Iowa’s Constitution, advanced substantive property tax relief and advocated against the growth of government spending with balanced budgets.

The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence awarded him as a top-four legislator of the year award after he floor managed a felony strangulation bill.

At the county level Taylor said he has pointed to sound budgets to help lower the tax levy a record four years in a row. In 2016, when Taylor was serving as chairman of the board, the Woodbury County Board passed the Taxpayers First Resolution, which dedicates $28 million in property tax relief for the next 20 years from CF Industries revenue.

“We face real challenges as a nation and Iowans need a conservative, thoughtful voice,” he said. “I hope to be a representative who will fight for their interests and lead on the issues that matter to them most.”
Balancing the budget, reducing the national debt, securing America’s borders and championing Iowa’s main-street small businesses and ag industry were listed as his top priorities.

Taylor’s website can be found here.