Konni Burton, Republican Nominee Senate District 10
Senator Brandon Creighton, Newly Elected State Senator District 4
Bob Hall, Republican Nominee Senate District 2 (no major party opposition)
Representative Van Taylor, Republican Nominee Senate District 8 (no major party opposition)
Texas leads the nation in job growth and economic opportunity because we’ve applied common-sense, conservative principles to public policy. We don’t spend more than we bring in, and when times are good, we save for a rainy day. This core budgeting guideline has helped propel Texas while states like California and New York fall into a spiral of debt and decline.
As Republican nominees for the Texas Senate, we are pleased with the unified stance the current Republican caucus has taken in opposing the Racing Commission’s proposed rule on historical racing. Similar in nature to slot machines, historical racing would effectively authorize Las Vegas style gaming in Texas. We, the undersigned, write today to add our voices to the those concerned with the proposed rule, which would greatly expand gambling in Texas without legislative approval.
PLANO, TX – Van Taylor, Plano State Representative and Republican nominee for Texas Senate District 8, today released the following statement in response to the burgeoning crisis on our southern border.
“Washington politicians need to look no further than the events currently unfolding on our southern border as reason to fully reject amnesty. An unprecedented wave of illegal crossings is overwhelming the U.S. Border Patrol leaving our state vulnerable to drug cartels, human traffickers, disease, and potential terrorist threats. Entering our nation with the hope of unilateral amnesty from President Obama, the Department of Homeland Security estimates 90,000 unaccompanied minors could be apprehended this year alone, and that number could grow to 142,000 in 2015. The 2014 estimate is up more than 3 times from just last year (24,000) and is 12 times greater than in 2011 (6,000-7,500), leaving our southern border in a state of humanitarian crisis.
We cannot wait for Washington. Texas must act immediately to secure our border. I join fellow conservative colleagues in calling on the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House to take any and all means necessary to secure our southern border, including the immediate allocation of state emergency resources to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and local law enforcement, and if necessary calling a special session.”
Becomes First State Senator or Senate Candidate to Endorse
PLANO, TX – This morning on The Mark Davis Show, State Representative and State Senate candidate Van Taylor announced his official endorsement of Senator Dan Patrick for Lieutenant Governor.
During this mornings segment Taylor credited grassroots leaders and countless volunteers for the great conservative showing during the Tuesday Republican Primary. Citing Patrick’s commitment to securing our borders, lowering taxes, cutting wasteful spending, reducing the size of state government and supporting tradition family values, Taylor became the first person expected to serve in State Senate in 2015 for the 84th Legislature to endorse Patrick for Lieutenant Governor.
“Dan Patrick is an authentic conservative,” Taylor said on The Mark Davis Show this morning. “I was a Marine Officer … served in Iraq, and we’d often say a sign of a good leader is what someone does when no one is looking. I saw Dan Patrick again and again and again, whether it was working with me to fight online sexual predators or stopping Texas pension funds from investing in Iran, he would do the right thing really when no one was looking… He was very instrumental in structuring a Constitutional Amendment that we believe will protect the Rainy Day Fund… I worked side by side with him on a variety of issues and I am very convinced that he is the right guy to take Texas into our next stage.”
PLANO, TX – Representative Van Taylor today released the following statement upon learning of the news that he will run unopposed for Texas Senate District 8.
“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. “Now the real work begins. I look forward to working with community leaders and concerned citizens across Texas’ 8th Senate District to promote conservative values in the Texas Senate and create public policy solutions that have meaningful impacts in our communities.”
Yesterday marked the final day to file to have one’s name placed on the primary ballot for a major political party in Texas. Per the Texas Secretary of State website, Van Taylor is the only person who has filed to appear on the ballot for the 8th District Texas Senate seat being vacated by Senator Ken Paxton, who is running for Attorney General.
PLANO, TX – Representative Van Taylor today announced that Frisco Tea Party leaders Lorie Medina and Toni and Tom Fabry have endorsed his campaign for Texas Senate. This announcement comes after it was recently reported that Taylor earned the endorsement of several Frisco municipal and civic leaders.
An instrumental grassroots organizer in the election of Senator Ted Cruz, Co-Founder of the Frisco Tea Party*, and Chair of the Real Conservatives National Committee* Lorie Medina said, “Van Taylor is one of those conservative leaders that only come around so often. Van has proven able to apply his unshakable conservative value set with an unmatched work ethic to produce real results for our conservative cause here in Texas. With Senator Cruz fighting Obamacare and the unsustainable growth of the federal government at the national level, it is paramount that we have leaders like Van Taylor here in Texas to back him up at the state level to help keep the Obama Administration out of Texas.”
Frisco Tea Party* leaders Toni and Tom Fabry stated, “Van Taylor’s conservative voting record in the 82nd and 83rd Legislature and his leadership on key issues like fiscal responsibility, the second amendment, right to life, border security and economic growth have earned him our support for Texas Senate District 8. Moreover, Van goes beyond ‘sound bites’ and has demonstrated a commitment to research and develop expertise in complex and diverse areas such as reservoirs permitting, parliamentary procedures and state budgeting. Finally, in our conversations with Van, he has shown an intangible, but critical trait in a legislator: a sincere interest in and the ability to actually listen to his constituents.”