Taylor Yeates was raised in Central Texas where his family was involved in ranching, and the oil and gas industry. He is a 1999 graduate of Tarleton State University with a degree in Range and Ranch Management, and a 2000 graduate of the TCU Ranch Management Program. Taylor has been a Certified Professional in Rangeland Management by the Society for Range Management since 2000, and received the Outstanding Rangeland Management Award in 2008 from the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He currently owns and oversees a ranch in the Southeast Corner of the Flint Hills of Kansas. Taylor and his wife Kelly have two children, a son Hollis, and a daughter Burkley.