Van Taylor's file:

Republican from Texas

Van Taylor is an Iraq veteran who replaced state Rep. Brian McCall in April 2010.

Recent stories featuring Van Taylor

Mailbag: "It's no wonder you people are losing your jobs.":

Our inbox was bulging with criticism, compliments and some choice words to keep our egos in check.

Fact-checking claims about concealed handguns:

Textbooks? Check. Handgun? That prospect’s being debated at the Texas Capitol as lawmakers consider legislation allowing guns on campus--plus, we now read, a proposal letting legislators and others tote concealed weapons anywhere.

How likely are you to be struck by lightning?:

State Rep. Van Taylor says you're more likely to get zapped than to be shot by a concealed handgun license holder. We weren't so sure.

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