A 7th generation Texan, dedicated family man, successful businessman and decorated Marine Officer, Van Taylor first took the oath of office as State Representative for District 66 on April 20th, 2010, in Plano.
Born in Dallas, Representative Taylor earned his Eagle Scout at age 13. He graduated from Harvard College in 1995 and joined the Marine Corps. After graduating from intelligence, infantry, sniper, and airborne schools, Taylor led a Marine reconnaissance platoon. Following four years of active duty, he joined the Marine Corps Reserves to continue serving his country while earning a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
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.
Today, Taylor is a businessman at Churchill Capital, a firm focused on real estate finance. He also serves as Vice Chairman of Texas Gulf Bancshares leading one of the most financially sound banks in Texas. Texas Gulf Bancshares employs over 100 people and hasn’t taken a dime of bailout money.
In the Texas House, Taylor spearheaded legislation that would protect our children from online predators, make it easier for our military to vote while serving overseas, and revoke benefits from corrupt politicians. Additionally, Taylor’s Truth in Taxation rule that forced 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.
Widely recognized as a conservative leader, Taylor has earned the “Taxpayer Champion” award from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, the “Courageous Conservative” award from Texas Conservative Coalition, an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, and he was the first candidate for any office in the 2014 election cycle to be “TeaApproved” by the North Texas Tea Party. In his campaign for Texas Senate Taylor has earned the endorsements from trusted conservative organizations like Conservative Republicans of Texas, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, 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 Laura, 9, Helen, 8, and Susie, 5. Van and his family reside in Plano near the land his great-grandfather farmed during the Great Depression.
*Neither the military information nor photographs imply endorsement by the Department of Defense or the United States Marine Corps