The Honorable Scott Taylor
Former U.S. House of Representatives, (VA)
30th Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition
Scott was raised on the Delmarva Peninsula in a little town named Hebron in Maryland. Scott was raised by a single mother. To help make ends meet, Scott began working on a farm at 11 years old and soon thereafter was introduced to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program of America. His Big Brother changed Scott’s life and helped set him on a path to success.
An accomplished wrestler in high school, after graduation Scott wanted to serve his country so he enlisted in the Navy in 1997. He signed up to join the most feared fighting force 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. He served in the United States and Latin America, where he learned a fluency in Spanish.
Scott re-enlisted in the Navy after 9/11. In 2005, Scott was sent to Baghdad and Ramadi as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Scott served as a Navy SEAL sniper. While on a combat mission in Ramadi, Scott sustained serious injuries. After his recuperation, Scott completed his SEAL service as a marksmanship and reconnaissance instructor.
After serving in the Navy, Scott became a real estate developer in Virginia Beach, where he had lived since 1998. For 4 years, he also travelled extensively to Yemen as a security consultant for a multi-national energy company.
Scott used his GI Bill education benefits to earn a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Harvard University Extension and is pursuing his Master’s degree coursework at Harvard University Extension in the same field. Scott also holds a Master’s Certificate in Government Contracting from Old Dominion University.
In 2013, Scott won a hotly contested Republican primary and was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, representing families in a part of Virginia Beach. He was re-elected in 2015. Scott’s legislative accomplishments included matters dealing with renewable energy, workforce development and veterans’ issues.
In 2016, Scott defeated a 16-year incumbent Republican in an open seat primary election in Virginia’s Second District. Scott won the general election with 62% of the vote and in January 2017, he was sworn-in to the U.S. House of Representatives representing Virginia’s 2nd District.
In January 2017, the House Republican Steering Committee appointed Scott to the House Appropriations Committee. He is the only freshman Member of Congress appointed to an ‘A’ committee. Scott serves on the Homeland Security, Military Construction/Veterans Affairs and Legislative Branch subcommittees. Scott is a passionate advocate for a strong national defense, free markets, VA health care improvements and regulatory reform.