Scott William Taylor is an American politician and former Navy SEAL who served as the United States Representative for Virginia’s 2nd congressional district from 2017 to 2019.
A Republican, he was previously a member of the Virginia House of Delegates for the 85th district. On November 6, 2018, Taylor was defeated for reelection by Democrat and U.S. Navy veteran Elaine Luria. On July 8, 2019, he announced his intention to run for the United States Senate in 2020
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Scott was raised on the Delmarva Peninsula in a little hamlet named Hebron in Maryland. At age 11, he began working on a farm and soon after was introduced to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program of America. The program forever changed his life and set him on a path from the Virginia shore to the Iraq desert.
Shortly after graduation, Scott decided to enlist in the Navy. He signed up to join one of the most feared fighting forces in the world, the Navy SEALS. After completing the six-month BUD/S training course in Coronado, California, Scott was assigned to SEAL Team 4 and served in the United States and Latin America, where he developed a fluency in Spanish.
After September 11, Scott chose to re-enlist and in 2005 was sent to Baghdad and Ramadi as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served as a Navy SEAL sniper. While on a combat mission, Scott was severely injured and was Medevac’d out of Iraq to Germany, then eventually back to the States.
In 2013, Scott became a member of the House of Delegates, where he represented the 85th District which is principally the Kempsville and Town Center area in Virginia Beach. With the help of his GI Bill, Scott earned a degree in International Relations from Harvard University Extension and is currently pursuing his masters in the same field. He holds a Master’s Certificate in Government Contracting at Old Dominion University.
In January, 2017, Scott was sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives as Congressman for Virginia’s Second District. He is the first freshman member from Virginia to ever be appointed to the Appropriations Committee for a full term.
As a Member of Congress, one of Scott’s primary goals is to give his constituents a voice on the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees federal expenditures. As a combat veteran, Scott is working to ensure veterans and their families are taken care of, our economy continues to improve, and national security remains a top priority.
In 2008, Taylor ran for Mayor of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was a candidate in the 2010 primary election for Virginia’s 2nd congressional district, but lost to Scott Rigell. Taylor was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates for the 85th district in November 2013, where, as a delegate, Taylor cosponsored a bill to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in labor and housing.
In 2012, Taylor founded and served as chairman for the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, a 501(c) Political Action Committee formed in 2012 accusing the Obama Administration of security leaks and taking too much credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011. He published a book in February 2015, Trust Betrayed: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and The Selling Out of America’s National Security.
In 2016, Taylor won the Republican nomination for Virginia’s 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives in the 2016 elections, defeating Randy Forbes in the primary, and won the general election on November 8, 2016. He is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership. Scott is also a member of the Republican Study Committee.
Taylor has participated in national interviews on radio and news networks, discussing topics such as foreign policy, military issues, and national security. Taylor has been invited as a public speaker to Fortune 500 companies and NFL football teams. In August 2010, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell appointed Taylor to the Virginia War Memorial Board of Trustees. He served on the board of the Underwater Demolition Team/SEAL Association and the Virginia Beach Forum, an organization that promotes civic discourse. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
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Taylor personally opposes abortion and opposes taxpayer funding of abortion but supports a woman’s right to decide whether to have an abortion.
In April 2018, Taylor praised President Trump for the “measured” and “calculated” military action carried out under his direction in Syria in conjunction with the French and British. Taylor said that he was “torn” in regard to taking international military action, but in the case of Syria he felt that Trump “listened to his advisers”.
Asked in 2010 about the pending end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, he said, “I encourage everyone to honorably serve in the military regardless of their sexual orientation. Heterosexual relationships are not permitted to take place while our men and women serve their country, so I believe this to be a completely political move.”
In September 2017, Taylor said he opposed the ban on transgender persons in the military. “If you are able to serve, serve,” he said. “I don’t care if you are gay, straight, transgender or not. If you are ready to go, cool.” He added, however, that the military should not have to pay for gender-reassignment surgery.
Taylor supported President Donald Trump’s 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. He stated that “While I do not agree with some of the rhetoric, taking a pause, figuring out if we are properly vetting people, and making changes if necessary to continue our American principles is prudent and needed. The safety and protection of our citizens must remain our number one priority.” In 2018, Taylor stated that he opposed deporting people who were brought into the United States illegally as children.
On February 27, 2017, Taylor was an original cosponsor for bill H.R. 1227 – Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017.
On May 4, 2017, Taylor voted Yes on H.R. 1628 (AHCA of 2017).
Energy and the environment
Taylor accepts that climate change is happening, but argues that there are questions as to humans’ contribution to climate change. Taylor said, “there are the questions about what man can do about” climate change.
During Taylor’s unsuccessful congressional primary campaign in 2010, he voiced support for offshore oil drilling along Virginia’s coast. In 2018, after President Trump announced plans to lift a ban on offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, Taylor voiced his opposition, saying that drilling could interfere with military training and citing opposition from localities within his district.
Taylor supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. He came under criticism for this from his 2018 Democratic challenger, Elaine Luria, who argued that most of the benefits of the bill went to the wealthiest people, and that 98% of families only saw an average tax cut of $688. “I can tell you right now that $688 could be the difference between the lights going on or off,” said Taylor, adding he was raised by a single mother on a modest income. “Nine out of ten people in this district have seen more money in their own pockets… I know the benefit of that tax reform here and I’m proud I supported it.”
In February 2017, following Trump’s likening of the intelligence community to Nazi Germany, Taylor said that President Donald Trump and the intelligence community “need to get on the same page very quickly.”
Asked about President Trump’s expenditures of millions of taxpayer dollars on the travel and security of his family, Taylor said that the expenses were “a legitimate concern” but argued that the Obama family spent similar amounts.
As of October 2018, FiveThirtyEight found that Taylor voted with Trump’s position 97.8% of the time