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VAN TAYLOR ANNOUNCES SESSION INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Plano, TX – Current Plano State Representative and Senator-elect Van Taylor announced today he is accepting internship applications for the upcoming legislative session. Internship opportunities are available both in the district office located in Plano and the Capitol office in Austin.

“Each session our office has been fortunate to have bright and talented students help in our efforts to best represent the people of our district,” said Taylor. “I am excited to announce we are now accepting applications for our 2015 legislative session internship program. In what promises to be an exciting and informative session, our office is committed to providing a hands-on, educational internship experience that allows students the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in state government while developing skills that will help with their future career ambitions.”

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SENATOR-ELECT VAN TAYLOR AND REPRESENTATIVE LEACH FILE SIGNIFICANT WATER ACCESS LEGISLATION AS FIRST BILL FOR 84TH LEGISLATURE

On the first day to pre-file legislation, current State Representative and Senator-elect Van Taylor and Representative Jeff Leach pre-filed the "Opening Access to Water Act" as their first pieces of legislation for the 84th Legislative Session. This bill expedites the processing of water rights permits by cutting the bureaucratic red tape that currently prevents North Texas from obtaining additional water reservoirs. Taylor filed the bill in the Senate as SB 109 and Leach in the House as HB 201.

“In a state as diverse as Texas, access to water is an important and challenging issue,” said Taylor. “Here in North Texas, our biggest challenge with water is the long, cumbersome, and bureaucratic permitting process. With no time limit to issue permits, projects have been stalled over a decade waiting on bureaucratic approval. This lengthy process adds significant expense and uncertainty in our efforts to provide long-term water solutions. The Opening Access to Water Act is a commonsense piece of legislation that cuts unnecessary bureaucratic red tape to allow us to access the water we need to grow.”

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SENATOR-ELECT VAN TAYLOR PRE-FILES COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION PACKAGE

 

Bills a Reflection of Feedback from District Meetings


Austin, TX – Current Plano State Representative and Senator-elect Van Taylor, today pre-filed eleven bills addressing concerns brought to him by constituents during the interim.

“I have always believed the best legislation comes from the ideas of constituents. Over the past several months I have had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of concerned citizens and draft important solutions for Texas,” stated Taylor. “I am proud to file important pieces of legislation on behalf of my constituents that will protect victims of domestic violence, empower victims of child sexual abuse, open our access to water, revoke benefits from corrupt and criminal politicians, strengthen the Rainy Day Fund, make only legal citizens eligible for Texas education grants, rein in excessive and burdensome regulations, increase our energy production, protect life, and increase transparency in government.”

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Van Taylor wins Texas Senate District 8 seat

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By: Chris Beattie, Wed Nov 5, 2014

 

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.”

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Van Taylor Statement on Senate Election Victory

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."

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Don't Bust the Spending Cap

By:
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.

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Chart of the day: Texas employment is 1.3M jobs above Dec. 2007 level, while ‘US minus Texas’ is down by 1.23M jobs!

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Republican Nominees for the Texas Senate 84th Legislature Submit Joint Statement to the Texas Racing Commission

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.

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Van Taylor Statement Southern Border Crisis

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.”


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Van Taylor Endorses Dan Patrick for Lieutenant Governor

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.”

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