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District 2 director
Ryan Taylor is a fourth generation cattle rancher, a published author, a former policymaker and an advocate for rural people and the land.
Taylor was elected three times to the North Dakota State Senate, serving from 2002 to 2012, was the senate minority leader in 2011, and ran for governor of North Dakota in 2012. He was awarded a Bush Foundation Fellowship in leadership in 2013 which allowed him to travel to Norway to learn the public policies of their respected oil and gas development, and he furthered his leadership education at the Harvard Kennedy School through the fellowship. In 2015, he was appointed by President Obama to serve as state director for USDA Rural Development, leading a team of 44 employees and making $590 million worth of program investments and loans in rural North Dakota.
He currently works as a director of public policy for Ducks Unlimited. He focuses on policy related to wetlands and grassland habitat that benefits waterfowl, but also benefits people and agriculture in North and South Dakota, and Montana.
Taylor is a graduate of North Dakota State University with degrees in Agricultural Economics and Mass Communications. Taylor wrote his ‘Cowboy Logic’ column in agricultural newspapers for 21 years across the western U.S. and Canada, most of which are now published in his three books. Ryan and his wife, Nikki, are currently raising their three children in Bismarck, and on the family’s homestead near Towner, N.D., a North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame inducted ranch.