|Full Name||Van Taylor|
|Occupation||Associate Director of Churchill Capital Company|
|Education||B.A., Harvard University; M.B.A., Harvard University|
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 he is widely recognized as a conservative leader.
As a Marine Officer and paratrooper, 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 "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.
In addition to fighting for conservative solutions, Taylor has also made his mark spearheading legislation to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, make it easier for our military to vote while serving overseas, verify the citizenship of every voter in the state, shield our children from online sexual predators, end forced underage marriages in Texas, 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 and was submitted as federal legislation by Senator John Cornyn and Congressman Sam Johnson.
Taylor serves as Vice-Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission and is also member of the Natural Resources and Economic Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Intergovernmental Relations, and Nominations Committees. 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.
Information in this bio was provided by Taylor's office.
Last updated: Aug. 11, 2017