State representative quits to take UAW job

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INDIANAPOLIS—State Rep. Joe Taylor, D- South Bend, has quit the job he was re-elected to a month ago to accept a position with the United Auto Workers International Union.

Taylor, who was first elected to the House seat in 2016, said in a news release that the job was just too good to pass up.

Rep. Joe Taylor, D-South Bend, listens to his fellow House representatives during session Monday. Photo by Sarah Ramon,

“Unfortunately, it will require my full attention, and there is the potential we will have to move out of state in the very near future, so I will have to resign as state representative,” he said.

During his time as a member of the General Assembly, Taylor focused on workers’ rights, addressing the needs of Indiana veterans, requiring transparency for the cost of prescription drugs, and helping students stay on track to graduate.

He was the ranking Democrat on the House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee, and served on three other committees: Family, Children and Human Affairs; Government Reduction; and Roads and Transportation.

Taylor is a third-generation autoworker at AM General and has spent the past 23 years serving in many different leadership positions within UAW-Local 5. He has served as president of UAW-Local 5 since 2011. 

Taylor grew up in a military family and spent time as a child living in Germany. He majored in labor studies at Indiana University South Bend. He and his wife have six children and eight grandchildren.

“The greatest joy I will retain from my time in government was the ability to meet with my constituents and to help them solve their problems,” Taylor said in the release. “There is no higher calling than public service, and it was a genuine honor to serve the people of South Bend, St. Joseph County, and Indiana.” is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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