Scott W. Taylor (Virginia)

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Scott Taylor
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Candidate for
Virginia House of Delegates, District 85
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1997-2005
Place of birthHebron, VA
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Campaign website
Scott Taylor is a Republican representative-elect for District 85 of the Virginia House of Delegates.[1]


Taylor earned his graduate certificate in Government Contracting from Old Dominion University, and is studying International Relations at Harvard University Extension School. Taylor's professional experience includes working as a licensed real estate broker and owning a fitness center. He served as a Navy SEAL from 1997 to 2005 and spent two years as a SEAL instructor.

Taylor previously ran in the 2008 Virginia Beach Mayoral Election and for Virginia's 2nd congressional district in 2010.[2]


Campaign Themes


Taylor's website highlighted the following campaign issues:[3]

  • Committed to Freedom
Excerpt: "As Chairman of Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, he fought against dangerous national security leaks in the Obama Administration."
  • School Safety
Excerpt: "Our state must lead by creating easily understood, minimum standards for safety at every school, with clear and rehearsed lockdown plans, clear communication, and effective partnerships between school staff and first responders."
  • Smaller Government
Excerpt: "Raised by a single mother, working on a farm and paying taxes at age 11, and being blessed with an excellent mentor, all contributed to Scott’s understanding of conservative principals. Scott understands how taking more money from struggling families hurts their quality of life."
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "Scott Taylor understands that Second Amendment rights are about individual self-defense. More gun laws hurt your ability to defend yourself against a criminal who has decided to ignore the law anyway."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Scott Taylor believes Kempsville schools are among the best, and Scott knows today’s learning leads to tomorrow’s jobs. Scott’s extensive military training, Master’s certificate from Old Dominion University and current work toward an ALB International Relations degree from Harvard University shows his commitment to learning."



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Taylor won the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 85. Taylor defeated Gary C. Byler and T. Jeremy Waters in the June 11 Republican primary. He defeated Bill Dale (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[4][5]

Race snapshot

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

Incumbent Bob Tata (R), who has held this seat since 1984, is not seeking re-election. After an active Republican primary, the perceived establishment choice did not win the nomination for this district east of Norfolk. Although Governor Bob McDonnell (R) won handily here in 2009 with 64 percent of the vote, President Barack Obama (D) and presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) tied here in 2012. Political observers speculated that, if Taylor were deemed too extreme by a significant portion of the electorate, Bill Dale (D) may win this open seat for the Democrats in November 2013.[6][7][8]



In 2013, Taylor has been endorsed by the following:[9]


Scott Taylor campaign kickoff - 2013

In 2013, Taylor earned a 92% rating from the National Rifleman's Association for his positions on gun rights.[10]


Taylor is the President of the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, and served on the board of the UDT/SEAL Museum and the Virginia Beach Forum.


Bin Laden Raid Criticism

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Taylor appeared on a 22-minute video produced by the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, which he is the president of. In the video, he criticized the Obama administration for the declassification of information related to the raid on Osama Bin Laden.[11][12]

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