Van Taylor is a dedicated family man, successful businessman, and decorated Marine Officer. Elected in 2010 to the Texas House, Van distinguished himself as a conservative leader and was elected to the Texas Senate with overwhelming local support and backing of a strong coalition of conservative activists and community leaders. In the Senate, Taylor represents the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County. Recently named Vice-Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission and to the interim Committee on Property Tax Reform And Relief, Van also serves as Vice-Chair of the Nominations Committee and as a member of the Education, Health and Human Services, and Transportation Committees.
After graduating from Harvard College, Van received a commission to the United States Marine Corps where he served three and a half years of active duty. Taylor then joined the Marine Corps Reserves so he could continue to serve his country while he pursued his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. After business school, Captain Taylor volunteered for duty as a platoon commander with the Marine Corps' C Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion. He deployed to Iraq where he fought with 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company. Taylor led the first platoon into Iraq for his brigade and led a mission that rescued 31 wounded Marines during the pitched Battle of An Nasiriyah. For his service in Iraq, the Marine Corps awarded Captain Taylor the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Navy Commendation Medal with "V" for valor.
Throughout his tenure in the Texas Legislature, Taylor has consistently fought to limit the size and reach of government, rein in spending, lower taxes, protect the Rainy Day Fund, and stop the expansion of Obamacare in Texas. For his commitment to conservative principles, Taylor has earned the Senate’s top ranking from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, an A grade from Texas Right to Life, 100% rating from Texas Values, and was rated in the top group of Senators by Concerned Women of America as well as Texas Eagle Forum.
In addition to fighting for conservative solutions, Taylor has also made his mark spearheading legislation to protect our children from online sexual predators, make it easier for our military to vote while serving overseas, verify the citizenship of every voter in the state, close a loophole preventing healthcare fraud and abuse saving local taxpayers millions, and revoke benefits from corrupt politicians. Additionally, Taylor's Truth in Taxation rule, which forces politicians to state clearly in the first line of any bill if there is an attempt to raise taxes or fees, has been cited by Americans for Tax Reform as a successful blueprint for other states to implement.
Van and his wife, Anne, married after his return from Iraq and are the proud parents of three young girls. Van and his family reside in Plano near the land his great-grandfather farmed during the Great Depression.
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