Texas Republican Van Taylor has dropped out of re-election after admitting to an affair with a lady described by a conservative information outlet as an “ISIS bride”, the New York Post stories.
On Wednesday, 2 March 2022, Taylor confirmed he was dropping his bid for a 3rd time period, conceding to Keith Self within the run-off.
The politician mentioned: “About a year ago, I made a horrible mistake that has caused deep hurt and pain among those I love most in this world. I had an affair, it was wrong, and it was the greatest failure of my life.”
Just earlier than Tuesday’s main, conservative information outlet National File revealed Taylor’s affair with British native Tania Joya, the widow of John Georgelas, an American who joined ISIS in 2013.
Amid the stories, the general public’s consideration turned to his profession and relationship together with his wife and youngsters.
Who is Van Taylor?
Van Taylor is a businessman and US consultant for Texas’ third congressional district. He hails from Plano, Texas.
After ending highschool, he attended Harvard College the place he achieved a Bachelor of Arts diploma in historical past. He later volunteered to serve his nation and obtained a fee within the United States Marine Corps, his bio states.
He accomplished intelligence faculty and commanded the First Marine Regiment’s reconnaissance platoon in Camp Pendleton, California. He was additionally an intelligence officer for an artillery battalion and served in Iraq two years after the September 11 assaults.
In 2005 and 2006, Taylor ran for Texas’ seventeenth congressional district however misplaced to Democrat Chet Edwards. Between 2002 and 2018, he labored as a a actual property funding banker at a principal funding agency.
Meet Van Taylor’s wife and family
Van Taylor has been married to actual property funding supervisor Anne Coolidge since 2004. They tied the knot after his return from Iraq.
They are mother and father to a few ladies – Laura, Helen and Susie. They have raised their youngsters in Plano close to the land Taylor’s great-grandfather farmed in the course of the Great Depression, his bio states.
According to a LinkedIn profile below the identify Anne Coolidge Taylor, she served as managing director of an actual property funding belief from 1993 to 2015.
As per the account, Anne obtained her BA diploma from Harvard University earlier than incomes her MBA at Columbia University within the City of New York. There are not any additional particulars about her present position on the time of writing.