Candidate Profile
Van Taylor

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
Van Taylor
Party
Republican
Race
State Senator, Dist. 8
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Empower Texans, 2015:  100%
Right to Life TX, 2015:  100%
Texas Values Action, 2015:  100%
Eagle Forum TX, 2015:  94%
Young Conservatives of TX (YCT), 2015:  84%

96%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Equality Texas, 2015:  F-
NARAL Pro-Choice TX, 2013:  0%

27%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

5
Cathie Adams, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Home School Coalition, Texas Right to Life, Young Conservatives of Texas

Reported by Candidate

1
Texans For Fiscal Responsibility Texas Right to Life Young Conservatives of Texas Conservative Republicans of Texas Every State Rep. in Senate District 8 Texas Home School Coalition

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
13
David Dewhurst, GOPAC, Jodie Laubenberg, John Otto, Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Pete Sessions and 7 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
63
American Success PAC, Associated Builders and Contractors, Back Americas Conservatives PAC, Badger Fund, Barbara Comstock, Bob Barr Leadership Fund and 57 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
2
International Association of Firefighters, National Association Of Social Workers

Summary

3%

LIBERAL

97%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

1. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Strongly Agree

2. Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.

Neutral

3. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

4. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

5. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Strongly Agree

6. People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

7. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

8. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Strongly Agree

9. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.

Strongly Agree

10. There should be a strict constitutional spending limit for state and local governments that would tie the rate of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.

Strongly Agree

11. Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

12. Free market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.

Strongly Agree

13. Where minor children are involved, divorce laws should be reformed to include mutual consent of both parents and an increased waiting period, unless there is fault or abuse.

Strongly Agree

14. The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.

Strongly Disagree

15. Religious freedom is our most foundational freedom and deserves added protection in our state and federal constitutions.

Strongly Agree

16. The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Strongly Agree

17. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God endows us with rights, and we establish government to protect those rights. Government’s power comes from the consent of the governed. The Constitution established the Supreme Court and Congress as equal branches of government.

18. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

My faith lies central in my life. I grew up in a Christian household and attended a Christian boarding school, where I served as the head acolyte and a sub deacon. I attended services typically 10 times a week voluntarily. As I prepared for war in Iraq I took time to participate in Bible study and gave my Marines the opportunity and encouragement to attend religious services. My faith sustained me in battle as it sustains me in life. I begin each day reading the Bible and my family ends every night saying prayers together. I am a member of St. Michael’s and All Angels Church in Dallas. I began my journey with Christ there shortly after my birth. In Austin, I attend weekly Bible study to keep my legislative efforts grounded.


Background

Education
  • Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, BA, 1996
  • Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA, MBA, 2001
Work & Military
  • US Marine Corps, Captain, 1995-1999
  • US Marine Reserves, Major, 2000-2003
  • Churchill Capital Company, Director, 2002- now
Affiliations
  • Vets for Freedom, State Vice Captain
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, Life Member
  • National Rifle Association, Life Member
  • Texas State Rifle Assn., Life Member
  • American Legion, Life Member
Offices
  • State Representative, Held 2010-15
  • US Congress, Sought 2006
 

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