|Address||3520 Ranchero Road |
Plano, Texas 75093, United States
|| August 01, 1972
Nov 08, 2018 12:27pm
Caucasian - Special Forces - U.S. Marine Corps - U.S. National Reserve -
|Info||A 7th generation Texan, Van Taylor is a dedicated family man, successful businessman and a United States Marine who is committed to helping make America safer and our families more secure. Van’s always been deeply committed to serving our nation and her people. After graduating from Harvard College, Van joined the United States Marine Corps where he graduated from Infantry and Intelligence Schools and earned the privilege of leading a Reconnaissance platoon before serving as an intelligence officer. |
After four years of active duty, Van joined the Marine Corps reserves so he could keep serving his country, while he worked to earn a MBA from Harvard’s Business School.
Van then volunteered for duty with the Marine Corps’ C Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion and was activated to fight in Iraq where he fought with the 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company. As a Captain, Van led missions behind enemy lines for the 4500 Marine Task Force Tarawa, including the leadership of the Task Force’s first platoon to enter Iraq before the start of the main invasion.
During the war to liberate Iraq, Van’s platoon encountered, and defeated, several Fedayeen ambushes, participated in the operation to rescue American P.O.W. Jessica Lynch and rescued 31 wounded men-under-fire during a counter attack by several thousand Iraqi soldiers. Van was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with “V” for Valor, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Upon returning home, Van received a tremendous amount of encouragement to run for Congress from Texas’ 17th Congressional District. He was motivated to do so by the bravery of the men and women with whom he served, the cause of liberty for which they sacrifice, and the tens of thousands of children throughout the District – just like his own daughter – who deserve a stronger and safer America in which to raise their families.
As a family man and businessman, who has worked in Texas with firms such as McKinsey & Company and Trammel Crow before starting his own business, Van understands that lower taxes on our families and small businesses give Texans greater control over their own lives. He’s learned first-hand that excessive taxation, abusive litigation and burdensome regulation threaten to strangle Texas’ small business community, which is the engine for economic growth.
Van and his wife Anne married after his return from Iraq and are the proud parents of Laura, 8 months. They make their home in West, Texas and – in what little spare time he has, Van enjoys all sports, but particularly likes to hunt and fish. Van, Anne, and Laura attend St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Waco, Texas.