A seventh generation Texan, Van Taylor serves as the Chairman for NDC’s Texas Advisory Committee. He served in the US Marine Corps for ten years, both active duties and reserves as a reconnaissance platoon commander and intelligence officer. He attended Infantry, JFK School of Special Warfare, and Airborne Schools and graduated first in his class from Sniper Officer and Intelligence School.
In 2003, he led the first platoon into Iraq for his brigade, Task Force Tarawa ahead of the main invasion. The Marine Corps decorated Van for valor for leading a mission that rescued 31 wounded Marines during the pitched battle for An Nasirayah in the opening days of liberating Iraq and other valorous acts.
In 2006, Van won the Republican nomination for US Congress in Texas’ 17th Congressional District.
Van currently works as an Associate Director for Churchill Capital in Dallas, TX financing commercial real estate. He holds a BA and MBA both with honors from Harvard University and serves on the Board of Directors at Texas Gulf Bank.