AUSTIN (March 3, 2015) — State Senators Van Taylor and Craig Estes recognized Collin County residents, elected officials, civic leaders and business professionals Tuesday on the Senate Floor. A large delegation of Collin County residents were in Austin for "Collin County Days," a biannual event hosted every legislative session by the local Chambers of Commerce to promote civic engagement and offer an opportunity for attendees to discuss pressing issues with their state legislators.

"Texas leads the nation in jobs and opportunity and Collin County is at the heart of that growth," Taylor stated, "This is not by accident or chance; it is because of the hard work and dedication from those of you here today, along with so many others back home who serve our communities. I am here today to say thank you for everything you do to make our area the very best place to live, work, and raise a family."

Senator Taylor invited Chamber of Commerce Presidents Jamee Jolly (Plano), Lisa Hermes (McKinney), Sharon Mayer (Allen/ Fairview), Tony Felker (Frisco), and Debra Mandala (Murphy) to join him on the Senate Floor for his speech, in which he highlighted accolades and accomplishments of each city in Senate District 8. After the speech they were greeted by every Senator in the Chamber and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.

In addition to meeting with Senator Taylor, Senator Estes, and the Collin County House Delegation consisting of Representatives Jodie Laubenberg, Jeff Leach, Scott Sanford, Scott Turner and Matt Shaheen, the attendees of Collin County Days had the opportunity to meet with Governor Greg Abbott.

A seventh generation Texan, local small businessman, and decorated Marine Officer, Van Taylor serves the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County in the Texas Senate where he is widely recognized as a conservative leader. Taylor was named Vice-Chairman of the Nominations Committee and also appointed to serve on the Education, Health and Human Services, and Transportation Committees. Van and his wife, Anne, married after his return from Iraq and are the proud parents of three young girls. Van and his family reside in Plano near the land his great-grandfather farmed during the Great Depression.