According to published reports, State Sen. Van Taylor will make a run for the congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson when the veteran lawmaker retires at the end of his term.

Johnson announced last week that he would not seek re-election in 2018 after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1991. He served for nearly three decades in the U.S. Air Force, which included more than seven years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Taylor is halfway through his first term as a member of the Texas Senate. He previously served in the Texas House from 2010 until his election to the Senate in 2014. He also served in the United States Marine Corps.

He has repeatedly earned distinctions for his representational service from conservative groups around the state, including the Taxpayer Champion Award from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.


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Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."