Taylor Gillig graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a bachelor's degree in History. Taylor received his commission from the United States Marine Corps immediately following his graduation, becoming an Infantry Officer and a platoon commander. In 2013, he deployed to Afghanistan as the Ground Assault Force Commander for Regional Command Southwest. He led 106 Marines, Sailors, British Royal Marines, and Afghan Commandos through combat operations in Northern Helmand Province. Working alongside NATO allies, he helped to interdict Taliban explosive manufacturing and drug smuggling.
After leaving the Marines in 2015, he began working for the Texas State Senator Charles Perry as a Policy Analyst, where he earned a Distinguished Service Award and was made an Honorary Texan by Governor Abbot.
Following the legislative session, Taylor started to pursue his MBA at Southern Methodist University. During this time, Taylor helped advocate for free markets on campus by co-founding the SMU chapter of the Adam Smith Society. After graduating with an MBA, he helped start several small businesses and create jobs throughout the DFW area.
In January 2021, Governor Greg Abbot appointed Taylor to the Texas Medical Board District Three Review Committee. In this role, he helps to evaluate medical practice and professional competency.