Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates U.S. congressional candidate Van Taylor for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Texas to oppose higher taxes.

Prior to his position in the Texas House and Senate, Van Taylor served as an officer in the Marines and was a businessman. While serving as a Texas state Representative and Senator, Van has worked on issues that include limiting the size of the government and government spending, stopping the expansion of the Affordable Care Act, and lowering taxes.

“The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again. Signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and holding the line on taxes is the first step in that process,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform.

By signing the Pledge, Van Taylor joins a large list of Texas public officials dedicated to protecting taxpayers that includes U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Louis Gohmert, Rep. Mike Conaway, Rep. Kay Granger and 21 other Texas representatives.

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected.

The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing. It is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the Pledge.