State Rep. Van Taylor has won the Texas Senate District 8 seat after easily defeating challenger Scott Jameson in Tuesday’s election.
Taylor, a Republican and Plano resident, earned 114, 025 votes – 79 percent – to the Libertarian candidate’s 30,224 votes. Senate District 8 includes 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 said in a released statement. “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.”
Taylor has served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 66 in western Collin County since 2010. He will step into the Senate District 8 seat vacated by Ken Paxton, who was elected Texas attorney general on Tuesday.
During his time in the Texas House, Taylor spearheaded legislation that protects children from online sexual predators and enables military members to vote while serving overseas, according to a release from Taylor’s office.
Texans for Fiscal Responsibility named Taylor a “Taxpayer Champion,” and his Truth in Taxation rule, which makes politicians clearly state in the first line of a bill if it entails an attempt to raise taxes or fees, was recently pushed as federal legislation by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, who also represents the Collin County area.
According to the release, Taylor is “widely recognized as a conservative leader” and fights to decrease government spending and to protect the state’s Rainy Day Fund.
He aims to continue that fight as a Texas senator.
“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,” he stated in the release.