Todd Young (R-IN-9)i
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Todd Christopher Young
Todd Young Congressional Candidate Indiana District 9
Biography of Todd Young from House.gov
Rep. Todd Young represents the 9th District of Indiana, a twenty county area in the southeast corner of the state. In his first term in the House of Representatives, he serves on the Budget Committee and the Armed Services Committee. Additionally, he serves on the Armed Services Subcomittees for Seapower & Projection Forces and Oversight & Investigation.
A fifth generation Hoosier and the second of three children of Bruce and Nancy Young, Todd grew up watching his parents work hard in order to support the family. From a young age, Bruce and Nancy instilled Midwestern family values, personal responsibility and a strong work ethic in their children. Todd’s first jobs were delivering newspapers, mowing lawns, and providing janitorial services at the family business.
After graduating from high school, Todd enlisted in the U.S. Navy with the goal of attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. A year later, he received an appointment from the Secretary of the Navy and was admitted to Annapolis, where he participated in varsity athletics and was elected a class officer. Todd graduated with honors in 1995 and accepted a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps. After training as a rifle platoon commander and service as an intelligence officer, Todd was then assigned to lead a recruiting effort in Chicago and northwest Indiana. During this time, he put himself through night school at the University of Chicago, where he earned his MBA with a concentration in economics.
Professional and Government Experience
After serving a decade in the military, in 2000 Todd was honorably discharged as a Captain. He then spent a year in England, where he wrote a thesis on the economic history of Midwestern agriculture and earned an MA from the School of Advanced Study in London. Upon returning to the United States, he accepted a position at The Heritage Foundation and later worked as a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate.
In 2003, Todd returned home to Indiana. He worked several years as a management consultant, advising public and private organizations how they could implement business practices to provide their constituents and customers with more value, often by investing fewer resources.
Soon after returning to Indiana, Todd met his future wife, Jenny, and he again put himself through night school, this time earning his JD from Indiana University. They married in 2005, and then worked together at a small law firm in Paoli, Indiana, that was started by Jenny’s great-grandfather in 1933. Todd and Jenny currently live in Bloomington, Indiana, and have four young children: a son, Tucker, and three daughters, Annalise, Abigail and Ava.
Biography of Todd Young from Friends of Todd Young
For much of his adult life, Congressman Todd Young has been serving his fellow Americans. After growing up in central Indiana, he enlisted in the Navy and was accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. After graduating with honors, he took a commission in the Marine Corps and became an intelligence officer working with unmanned aerial vehicles. His final stop in the Corps brought him back to the Midwest, where he was placed in charge of recruiting efforts for Chicago and Northwest Indiana. While stationed there, he took night classes at the University of Chicago and earned his MBA with a concentration in economics. A decade after he first enlisted, he was honorably discharged from the military as a Captain.
After leaving the military, Todd traveled overseas to study business and economics even further. After a year at the University of London, where wrote a thesis on American agricultural economics, he spent a few months in Eastern Europe and studied the emerging capitalist economies of former Soviet countries. Upon his return home he accepted a job with The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., and later served as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate.
After a few years in Washington, Todd moved back to Indiana to help the policy team for Mitch Daniels, who was running for governor for the first time. In addition to advising the campaign, he also served on the transition team after Daniels won, and was hired as a management consultant at Crowe Chizek. In that capacity, he advised both private companies and public sector employees on ways to institute better business practices in order to become more efficient.
During this time, Todd once again put himself through night classes and ultimately earned his law degree from Indiana University. But he left law school with more than just a diploma: He met Jenny Tucker, a fellow law student who soon became his wife. After their wedding, the Youngs moved to Bloomington and commuted to Paoli to work in the family law firm founded by Jenny’s great-grandfather during the Great Depression. In addition to working as an attorney and serving as a part-time deputy prosecutor for Orange County, Todd and Jenny also provided free legal services to couples trying to adopt.
In 2009, after watching President Obama and Washington Democrats force through the so-called “stimulus” package and prepare to do the same with health care reform, Todd decided he’d had enough and decided to run for Congress. A year later, thousands of Hoosiers joined him on the campaign trail and helped deliver a huge victory. He was appointed to the House Armed Services Committee, where he draws on his years of experience as a Marine, and to the House Budget Committee, where he last year worked with Congressman Paul Ryan to draft the House Republican Budget.
Todd and Jenny still live in Bloomington, where they stay busy raising their daughters, Abigal (5), Ava (3), and Annalise (1), and their son, Tucker (1).