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Dordt professor Dr. Jeff Taylor selected as delegate for Republican National Convention

August 13, 2012

For many athletes, going to the Olympics is the ultimate goal, and for political activist and Dordt College political science professor Jeff Taylor, “attending a national party convention is like being at the Olympics.” 

Taylor was selected as one of 28 voting delegates to represent Iowa at the Republican National Convention from August 27 to 30 in Tampa, Florida. As the only voting delegate from Sioux County, Taylor hopes to advance his views within the party, and he especially wants to voice his support for values that honor God. “As a professor and scholar, I look forward to seeing a national party in convention, inside and up close.”

While the rest of the state will be shown “heavily-scripted commercials about Mitt Romney” throughout the week, Taylor says he is looking forward to seeing a more realistic picture of the candidate and the Republican Party. “I'm grateful to have the opportunity to see a little more drama and debate, more controversy and compromises, more behind the scenes.”

The opportunity will be a learning experience for him, one that he can share with his students. “When we talk about candidates, parties, and campaigns, I’ll be able to draw from my experiences outside of the ivory tower.”

Taylor received his B.A. in social science from Northwestern College, an M.A. in library and information science from the University of Iowa, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Missouri. He taught at Jacksonville State University and began his teaching career at Dordt last year.

Dordt College is a non-partisan institution and does not endorse a specific candidate or political party. For more information about the convention, visit

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