Van Taylor GOP State Sen. Van Taylor Of Plano Makes Congressional Run Official By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune • Aug 23, 2017 Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune It's official: State Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano, is running for Congress. Texas Senate Passes The First Bill Of The 2017 Legislative Session: Ethics Reform By Jay Root Texas Tribune • Feb 7, 2017 Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune The Texas Senate, passing the first bill of the 2017 legislative session, unanimously approved an ethics reform package that watchdogs say will help curb conflicts of interest and shed more light on the private dealings of state elected officials. First Day of Legislative Filing Draws More Than 350 Bills By Bobby Blanchard & The Texas Tribune • Nov 11, 2014 Anneke Paterson / The Texas Tribune There might still be two months before the 84th legislative session starts, but eager lawmakers aren't waiting to get their legislation on the table. In GOP Attorney General Runoff, Ken Paxton Wins In A Landslide By Bill Zeeble • May 28, 2014 Bill Zeeble / KERA News It was going to be one North Texan or the other. State Sen. Ken Paxton of McKinney beat longtime Dallas State Rep. Dan Branch in a landslide in the Republican attorney general runoff.