Already Vice Chair of the Sunset Commission, Taylor Will Also Serve on Natural Resources and Economic Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Intergovernmental Relations, and Nominations Committees
AUSTIN, TX – Today Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick appointed Senator Van Taylor to serve on the Natural Resources and Economic Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Intergovernmental Relations, and Nominations Committees. Senator Taylor is one of only four Senators appointed to serve on five standing Committees. Additionally, Taylor serves as the Vice Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission and was appointed to the interim Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief.
"It is an honor to serve Texas on these important committees and I want to thank Lieutenant Governor Patrick for his confidence in appointing me to these roles," said Taylor. "Not only are the issues covered by these committees important for the people I represent in Collin and Dallas counties, but they play a critical role for Texas’ continued success.”
Addressing the Natural Resources and Economic Development assignment Taylor stated, “Texas is blessed with an abundance of natural resources and it is critical for our state, and nation, that Texas encourages responsible development. I will continue fighting to maximize the utilization of our resources, which creates jobs and lowers the cost of energy for Texas families, while ensuring we preserve our resources for future Texans.”
On the Education Committee assignment Taylor stated, "Our schools in Senate District 8 are truly the crown jewels of our community. One of my most critical jobs in elected office is to preserve, protect, and strengthen our education system so that every child has the opportunity to pursue their dreams.”
A vocal opponent of President Obama's healthcare law, Taylor said about his Health and Human Services Committee assignment, "Obamacare is a disastrous, fatally flawed policy riddled with broken promises and false hope. Healthcare premiums have skyrocketed, deductibles grown so large that insured dollars have become unreachable for many families, jobs have been killed, hours available for workers restricted, and the promise of the American dream pushed beyond the grasp of many striving to make a better life for their family. Should leaders in Washington, under a new Administration, finally listen to the American people and exhibit the political courage to fully repeal Obamacare, that could present the Health and Human Services Committee with an historic opportunity to lead on important, market based, healthcare reforms at the state level.”
On the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee assignment Taylor stated, “With the rapid growth in the size and scope of local government entities, in this role I will continue my fight for liberty, the rights of Texans, and the taxpayers. I will remain vigilant in limiting the unnecessary proliferation of new government entities and local debt.”
Taylor said of his Nominations Committee assignment, "Governor Abbott will appoint thousands of Texans to various state boards and commissions. Most of these Texans volunteer their time and talents to better our state for the next generation. Serving on Nominations gives me a unique honor to meet many of these nominees firsthand and provide guidance for their service to our state.”
A seventh generation Texan, local small businessman, and decorated Marine Officer, Van Taylor serves the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County in the Texas Senate where is widely recognized as a conservative leader. 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.