Chris Taylor at budget hearing

Rep. Chris Taylor, right, shown here at a budget hearing March 3 at the Capitol, said she has introduced several pieces of legislation that grew out of discussions with constituents at her office hours. PHOTO BY MIKE DeVRIES

State Rep. Chris Taylor is, in the language of the political class, “safe.” She was elected with ease several years ago and she has held her seat with scant opposition. Even if she did face a determined foe, it would be hard to imagine that anyone would beat Taylor.

Like her predecessors, Tammy Baldwin and Mark Pocan, Taylor is a good fit with her district. She’s an unswerving progressive who is also an effective legislator — she even finds ways to work with conservative Republicans on issues such as police accountability.

Our bet is that Taylor will, like Baldwin (who serves now as Wisconsin’s junior U.S. senator) and Pocan (who is serving his second term as the congressman representing the state’s 2nd District), “go up.” We could easily see her as Wisconsin’s next attorney general, for instance.

But Taylor does not rest on her laurels. She’s known for being highly engaged with her district, and highly present. We especially like the ways in which she connects with her constituents. She’s open and innovative and willing to go where people are at.

In coming weeks, Taylor will be visiting coffee shops in her district to hold office hours. And the state Assembly member is encouraging Madisonians of all backgrounds, ideologies and partisanships to participate. “There are few things I enjoy more than meeting with my constituents and talking about the issues that matter most to them and their ideas for making our government work better for the people. In fact, I’ve introduced several pieces of legislation that actually started with an idea discussed at one of these office hours,” said Taylor.

That’s precisely the approach that the people of the 76th District have come to expect — and what every constituent of every legislator should expect.

Here is the schedule for Taylor’s upcoming round of coffee-shop stops:

• Friday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-noon, Fair Trade Coffee House, 418 State St.

• Friday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-noon, Cargo Coffee, 750 E. Washington Ave.

• Friday, Oct. 9, 2-4 p.m., Manna Cafe, 611 N. Sherman Ave.

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