Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), Senate Republican Caucus Chairman and Senate Committee on Education Chairman, announced yesterday that he will not seek a third term in the Texas Senate. Sen. Taylor has also been an IIAT member for more than 30 years. He was the was the owner of the Truman Taylor Insurance agency in Friendswood before merging with Galveston Insurance Agency, and he continues to be an IIAT member.
"This has been a very difficult decision, as having the privilege of representing my community in the legislature for nearly two decades has been the biggest honor of my life,” Taylor said in a statement. “Together, with my colleagues in the Legislature, we have dealt with multiple challenges and worked to secure Texas’ future as a leader for our country. I am so proud of our work and so incredibly blessed to have been a part of it.”
Sen. Taylor first joined the Texas Legislature in 2003, ushering in the first Republican majority in the Texas House of Representatives since Reconstruction. Throughout his tenure in the Texas House, he championed free enterprise for Texas businesses and worked tirelessly to rollback frivolous lawsuits that hurt individuals and the small companies they worked for. Taylor spent years reducing government mandates on employers to help reduce healthcare costs and make healthcare more accessible and affordable. He fought tirelessly to protect coastal policyholders from fraud and abuse after Hurricane Ike in 2008 and has not stopped since. Taylor took on trial lawyers that only sought self interest and financial gain - during the mold crisis, in response to mass medical malpractice lawsuits, after multiple natural disasters and again on behalf of Texas' transportation companies being exploited by judicial loopholes.
“The State of Texas, the Texas Senate, insurance consumers and IIAT are losing a giant defender of good government. Sen. Taylor's keen knowledge of the issues relating to insurance matters will be missed at the Capitol,” said IIAT Chief Legislative Officer Lee Loftis.
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