Todd Christopher Young (born August 24, 1972) is the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 9th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Young was born was born August 24, 1972, the second of three children of Bruce and Nancy Young. He lived in Marion County for several years before settling in Hamilton County, where he attended public schools and won a state soccer championship. In 1990, Young graduated from Carmel High School.
Just a few weeks after graduating high school, Young enlisted in the United States Navy and reported for duty in Newport, Rhode Island. In May of 1991, Young received an appointment from the Secretary of the Navy to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where his classmates elected him a class officer and he earned a varsity letter as a member of Navy’s NCAA Division I soccer team.
He graduated cum laude in 1995, earning a B.S. in Political Science, and accepted a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Upon graduating from Annapolis, Young trained for six months as a rifle platoon commander at The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, where he qualified as an expert rifleman. In 1996, he completed the Naval Intelligence Officer Basic Course in Dam Neck, Virginia and was entrusted with a Top Secret security clearance. Young then led the intelligence department of VMU-2, an unmanned aerial vehicle squadron based in Cherry Point, North Carolina, where he participated in various military operations, including counter-narcotics activities in the Caribbean, and was trained in Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection.
In 1998, Young was transferred to Chicago, Illinois, where he managed all Marine Corps officer recruiting operations in the greater Chicago and northwest Indiana region. Meanwhile, Young attended night school at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, earning an MBA.
Young was honorably discharged from active duty in 2000 as a Captain. After leaving active duty, Young spent a year in London, England attending the University of London’s Institute of United States Studies. As class president, Young regularly advised IUSS’s Chairman, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, on student concerns. After writing a thesis on the economic history of Midwestern agriculture, in 2001 Young received his MA in American politics.
In the summer of 2001, Young traveled to former Communist countries in Eastern Europe where he studied the transition from centrally-planned economies to free markets through an executive education program with the Leipzig Graduate School of Management, the first private business school in eastern Germany.
He worked as an adjunct professor of public affairs at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and attended law school at night.
In 2004, Young joined Indiana-based Crowe Chizek and Company as a management consultant, helping state and local government clients improve service delivery to Indiana citizens.
In 2006, Young earned his J.D. from Indiana University, where he was President of the school’s Federalist Society chapter. He joined Paoli, Indiana-based Tucker and Tucker, P.C. upon graduation. Young is a member of the 2007 class of the Indiana Leadership Forum.
Since 2007, Young has also served as a part-time Deputy Prosecutor for Orange County, Indiana. In 2008, Young’s peers elected him President of the Orange County Bar Association.
Early political career
In 2001, he moved to Washington, DC, where he briefly worked at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy think-tank. Then he joined the staff of U.S. Senator Richard Lugar as a legislative assistant for energy policy. In 2003, Young volunteered for Mitch Daniels' campaign for Governor of Indiana.
Young was a Delegate to the Indiana Republican State Convention and as a Vice Precinct Committeeman.
In 2007, Indiana’s Young Republicans named Young the “Southern Man of the Year” for his leadership on behalf of the Republican Party in southern Indiana. In 2007, Young also founded a fiscal responsibility advocacy group, the National Organization for People vs. Irresponsible Government Spending.
U.S. House of Representatives
On January 26, 2009, Young announced that he would run for the United States Congressional seat in Indiana's 9th district as a Republican.
Young competed with fellow Republicans Mike Sodrel and Travis Hankins for the party’s nomination for Congress and won, challenging incumbent Democrat Baron Hill in the general election. Young received endorsements from former Vice-President Dan Quayle. Other state Republican endorsements include: Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman, Attorney General Greg Zoeller, Secretary of State Todd Rokita, Auditor Tim Berry and Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
Young won the primary and general elections, defeating incumbent Baron Hill on November 2, 2010, and was seated in the 112th Congress in January 2011; freshman members not returning to previous service in the House are listed alphabetically, and Young was last.
Young will likely face retired Brig. Gen. Jonathan D. George in his bid for a second term in the newly redrawn 9th district.
November 10th, 2011