2022 Primary Election RESULTSElections 2022FederalIssuesCongressman Van Taylor Drops Out of Runoff After Admitting to Affair

Van Taylor indicated in an email that he had called his runoff opponent, Keith Self, to wish him well.
March 2, 2022
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Rep. Van Taylor (R-TX-03) is dropping out of the runoff for the 3rd Congressional District after telling his supporters in an email that he had an extramarital affair.

“About a year ago, I made a horrible mistake that has caused deep hurt and pain among those I love most in this world. I had an affair, it was wrong, and it was the greatest failure of my life,” Taylor said.

“I want to apologize for the pain I have caused with my indiscretion, most of all to my wife Anne and our three daughters. For months, Anne and I have been working to repair the scars left by my actions. I am unworthy, but eternally thankful for her love and forgiveness.”

Taylor indicated that his daughters found out about the relationship “over the last few days.”

He did not say in his email how long the affair lasted or provide other details.

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“I know the hurt does not stop there. I have let down so many other family members, friends, colleagues, supporters, and the people of the 3rd Congressional District whom I have had the great honor and privilege to represent. I am truly sorry, and I hope in time I can earn their forgiveness.”

Taylor went on to say that he considered the ordeal a “personal matter between me and my family” and that he had contacted Republican Keith Self to wish him well in his congressional bid.

Self also advanced to the runoff on Tuesday, but came in with only 27 percent of the vote compared to Taylor’s 49 percent.

Texas law requires Taylor to withdraw his name from the runoff ballot by March 16, according to the Texas secretary of state’s website. A campaign spokesperson reportedly signaled that he intends to do so.

Prior to his tenure in Congress, Taylor served in the Texas Senate and Texas House.

Update: This article has been updated to include additional information about Taylor’s withdrawal from the runoff.

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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."