Scott Taylor was raised by his mother, a single parent, in a small town on the Eastern Shore. School, athletics, and early employment taught Taylor responsibility and strong work ethic — but most influential in building his character was his impactful mentorship from the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.
Through these positive influences, Taylor overcame the considerable odds against him to become a United States Navy SEAL. After 9/11, Taylor re-enlisted and deployed to Iraq where he sustained serious injuries on a combat mission during Operation Iraqi Freedom. When he returned stateside, he became a successful real estate developer, security consultant, and used the G.I. bill to receive his education.
Taylor holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in International Relations from Harvard University. Taylor again felt called to serve; he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates (2013-17) and then to the U.S. Congress in 2016, defeating a 16-year incumbent. While in Congress, he was appointed to the House Appropriations committee and served on the Homeland Security, Military Construction/Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch subcommittees.
In addition to securing important funding for the military and long overdue VA reform, he helped pass the Ashanti Alert Act, which was signed into law in 2018. Taylor has been looked to as a leader by his peers and the media for his domestic and foreign policy knowledge.
He is currently the President of the US-Qatar Business Council, the premier bilateral trade group between the two countries, and consults on various projects worldwide.