PLANO, TX – Representative Van Taylor today released the following statement after being declared the winner in this evening's election for State Senate District 8, encompassing most of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County.
“Anne and I are truly humbled by and grateful for the outpouring of grassroots support committed to bringing proven conservative leadership to the Texas Senate. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work, kind words, and support throughout this campaign,” Taylor stated. “Tonight was a huge win for the conservative grassroots. From securing our border and stopping the expansion of Obamacare in Texas to creating jobs and limiting the growth of government, our state faces some defining choices ahead. The people of Senate District 8 have spoken and expect Texas to meet these challenges head on with vigilant conservative leadership. I look forward to working with the people of my district to advance commonsense solutions for our state to ensure Texas remains a beacon of freedom and opportunity to the nation."
In the Texas House, Taylor spearheaded several pieces of key legislation including bills that protect our children from online sexual predators, make it easier for our military to vote while serving overseas, would verify the citizenship of every voter in the state, close a loophole preventing healthcare fraud and abuse saving local taxpayers millions, and to 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 and was recently submitted as federal legislation by Senator John Cornyn and Congressman Sam Johnson.
Widely recognized as a conservative leader in the Texas House, Taylor has earned the “Taxpayer Champion” award from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, the “Courageous Conservative” award from Texas Conservative Coalition, was named a “Top-Rated Conservative” by the Texas Eagle Forum, selected to the “Honor Roll” by the Young Conservatives of Texas, and received an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association. Throughout his tenure in the Texas House Taylor has consistently fought to rein in government spending, protect the Rainy Day Fund, and stop the expansion of Obamacare in Texas.
In his campaign for Texas Senate, Taylor was the first candidate for any office in the 2014 election cycle to be “TeaApproved” by the North Texas Tea Party, and has earned the endorsements from trusted conservative organizations like Conservative Republicans of Texas, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Young Conservatives of Texas, Conservative Hispanic Society, Texas Home School Coalition, and Texas Right to Life. Additionally he has received the unanimous endorsement of the entire Senate District 8 House Delegation consisting of Representatives Jodie Laubenberg, Scott Turner, Scott Sanford, Jeff Leach, Stefani Carter, and Angie Chen Button.
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.