TX-03: Van Taylor (R)
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November 2, 2020 by TWN Staff

About Taylor:

A seventh generation Texan, Van Taylor is a family man, businessman, and decorated Iraq War Veteran.

Growing up, Taylor earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, and had the honor bestowed on him by President George Bush. After high school, Taylor attended Harvard College and obtained a bachelor of Arts in history. After graduating, Taylor received a commission in the United States Marine Corps.

He attended The Basic School, Infantry Officer Course, and graduated first in his class from Sniper Employment Officer Course. He completed Intelligence School as the Marine Honor Graduate and commanded First Marine Regiment’s Reconnaissance Platoon in Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Taylor joined the Marine Corps Reserves while earning his MBA at Harvard Business School. He served in the Fourth Civil Affairs Group, graduating from the John F. Kennedy School of Special Warfare at Ft. Bragg, N.C. He joined the 4th Reconnaissance Battalion as a platoon commander for Charlie Company.

After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Taylor deployed to Iraq where he fought with 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company. While deployed, Taylor led the first platoon into Iraq for his brigade and a mission that rescued 31 wounded Marines.

For his service in Iraq, the Marine Corps awarded him the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Navy Commendation Medal with “V” for valor.

Taylor and his wife, Anne, are the parents of three young girls, Laura, Helen, and Susie.

From April 2010 to January 2015, Taylor represented District 66 in the Texas House of Representatives. From January 13, 2015 – January 3, 2019, he served as a member of the Texas Senate, representing the Eighth Senate District of Texas. On January 3, 2019, he was sworn in as a Member of Congress.

During the 1st Session of the 116th Congress, Taylor served on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on Education and Labor. Taylor was appointed to serve on the House Committee on Financial Services in January 2020.

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