Van Taylor

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Van Taylor
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Current candidacy
Running for Texas State Senate, District 8
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Texas House of Representatives, District 66
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
AppointedApril 2010
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Van Taylor is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 66. He was first appointed to the chamber in April 2010 to fill the remainder of Brian McCall's term.

Taylor is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 8 of the Texas State Senate.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Taylor served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Efficiency & Reform
Insurance

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Taylor served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Taylor's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "Van believes that to create jobs, we must unleash entrepreneurs and reduce excessive regulation, burdensome taxation, and abusive litigation."

State Spending

  • Excerpt: "Van believes that we must hold the line on spending and reduce the size and scope of government instead. Families and businesses all across Texas live and operate on a fixed budget and our state government must do the same."

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "As a small businessman, Van understands that lower taxes on our families and small businesses give Texans greater control in our everyday lives."

Pro-Life

  • Excerpt: "As a social conservative, Van will always stand up for pro-life values."

Border Security and Illegal Immigration

  • Excerpt: "In order to keep our families secure at home, Van will work to safeguard our borders to keep terrorists and drug traffickers out of Texas."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 15 of the 31 seats in the Texas State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Van Taylor was unopposed in the Republican primary. Taylor will face Scott Jameson (L) in the general election.[2][3][4]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Taylor ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 66. Taylor ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Taylor won re-election in District 66 in 2010. He defeated Mabrie Jackson in the April 13 Republican primary runoff and was subsequently appointed state representative to serve the remainder of Brian McCall's term after Jackson withdrew from the May 8 special election. Taylor defeated independent Eric Roberson in the November 2 general election.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 66
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Van Taylor (R) 25,279 100%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Taylor is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Taylor raised a total of $1,421,716 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[6]

Van Taylor's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 66 Won $203,439
2010 Texas State House, District 66 Won $1,218,277
Grand Total Raised $1,421,716

2012

Taylor won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Taylor raised a total of $203,439.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Van Taylor's campaign in 2012
Denbury Resources$10,000
Taylor, Nicholas C$10,000
Henry, James$6,000
Taylor, Catherine$5,000
Ahlberg, Trevor$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$203,439
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Taylor won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Taylor raised a total of $1,218,277.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[7] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[8]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[8]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Legislators are scored based on consumer-related bills.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy." Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Taylor received a score of 99.9 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Van Taylor received a grade of A on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Taylor was named a "2011 Taxpayer Champion," which is "the top award presented by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."

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Political offices
Preceded by
Brian McCall
Texas House of Representatives District 66
April 20, 2010-present
Succeeded by
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