Jeff Taylor runs for state senate

Dordt University professor Jeff Taylor is running for the state senate in District 2.

SIOUX CENTERDordt University professor of political science Jeff Taylor has announced his candidacy for the District 2 Iowa state senate seat.

That seat is currently held by Randy Feenstra, who is vacating it to run for the U.S. House of Representatives.

The 58-year-old husband and father of two children is a Spencer native and a graduate of Northwestern College. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. at the University of Missouri.

Taylor has taught at Dordt for eight years.

This is his first run for public office, he said, and what is motivating him to run for state senate is a desire to serve the people of District 2.

Social issues are a big concern with area voters, he said, “like sanctity of life and the protection of the unborn.”

“This is a good fit for me,” Taylor said, “because I’ve been strongly pro-life and consistently pro-life since I became aware of the issue long ago in my school years.”

He added, “That to me is at the heart of the issue. If we don’t have a right to life, all of our other rights are shaky at best, so I start with that one.”

He’s also a proponent of federalism and decentralization.

“Government,” Taylor said, “needs to be limited. It does have a role to play, especially at the state level. … But even at the state level, government is not supposed to do everything. It can’t be our savior and fix every problem. If we have a government that powerful, then we also have a government that is powerful enough to oppress us.”

In 2012, Taylor served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention from Iowa. For the last few years, he’s served as a political analyst for KCAU-TV.

Taylor has set up a campaign website,

So far, he’s the only candidate for the seat, which has a filing deadline of March 13, 2020. The primary is June 2, 2020.