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Biography

Elected: 2010, 2nd term.

Born: August 24, 1972, Lancaster, PA

Home: Bloomington, IN

Education: U.S. Naval Academy, B.S. 1995; U. of Chicago, M.B.A. 2000; U. of London, M.A. 2001; IN U., J.D. 2006.

Professional Career: Staff, Heritage Foundation, 2001; legis. asst., Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., 2001-03; adviser, Gov. Mitch Daniels, R-Ind., 2004; management consultant, 2004-06; dep. prosecutor, Orange Cnty., 2007-10.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Christian Church

Family: Married (Jennifer Tucker) , 4 children

Republican Todd Young, who unseated Democratic Rep. Baron Hill in 2010, shares some similarities with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan: Both are telegenic Midwesterners and deficit-conscious policy wonks who cut their teeth on Capitol Hill and at conservative think tanks. And both are well-regarded within their party. Young snagged a coveted seat on the Ways and Means Committee in his second term.

Born in Lancaster, Pa., Young spent the first 13 years of his life outside Indiana, but his family has deep ties to the Hoosier State stretching back five generations. His father is a small business owner who sells heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment. His mother is a registered nurse. He went to high school in Hamilton County, Ind., where his prowess on the soccer field helped his school win a state championship. When he graduated in 1990, he enlisted in the Navy and a year later received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he played on the school’s Division I soccer team. When he graduated, he joined the Marine Corps because of its reputation for toughness. “If I was going to be in the military, I wanted to be in the warrior class,” he told National Journal. In the Marines, he worked with unmanned aerial vehicles doing reconnaissance work, which included a stint aiding government anti-narcotics efforts in the Caribbean. In 1998, he was transferred to Chicago, where he managed Marine recruiting in the area.

Young attended the University of Chicago’s business school at night and became a fan of free-market economist Friedrich von Hayek. Young applied to the University of London’s Institute of United States Studies, where he wrote a thesis on the economic history of Midwestern agriculture. Shortly after graduating, Young moved to Washington, where he worked first at the conservative Heritage Foundation and later for Republican Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar as his legislative assistant for energy policy. In 2004, Young returned to Indiana to help craft energy and veterans’ affairs policies for the gubernatorial campaign of Republican Mitch Daniels. He also earned a law degree at Indiana University.

In the GOP primary for the right to challenge Hill, Young narrowly won a contest with former Rep. Mike Sodrel, a trucking company owner who briefly held the House seat from 2004 to 2006. (Hill first won the seat in 1998, held it until he was defeated in 2004 by Sodrel, then won it back in the pro-Democratic year of 2006.)

In the general election campaign, Young portrayed Hill as a rubber stamp for the Obama administration and the Democratic congressional leadership, hammering Hill for his votes in favor of the $787 billion economic stimulus bill, the health care overhaul, and an energy bill setting limits on carbon emissions. Hill emphasized his Hoosier roots as a former high school basketball star, while characterizing Young as a wealthy, out-of-touch lawyer who had spent much of his career outside the state. Hill also slammed Young for comments at a town hall meeting referring to Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme.” Young said that his comments were taken out of context and that he did not endorse privatizing the program.

The candidates raised and spent about the same amount of money, Hill with $2.2 million and Young with $2 million. Young was also the beneficiary of $437,000 in independent expenditures from the National Republican Congressional Committee and more than $250,000 from the conservative American Future Fund. He won with 52% of the vote to 42% for Hill. Libertarian candidate Greg Knott got 5%.

As a House freshman, Young concentrated on military and economic issues as a member of the Budget and Armed Services committees. Unlike some of his fellow Class of 2010 members, he supported the 2011 compromise to raise the debt limit, saying he wanted deeper spending cuts but that the measure “moves us in the right direction.” However, he blasted the New Year’s Day 2013 deal on taxes and spending aimed at averting the so-called fiscal cliff deal, because he said it “does very little to restore a degree of certainty to our economy.” Despite his avowed desire to work with Democrats, Young once called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “useless” and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “an irrelevant cheerleader for lost-cause liberalism” at a 2011 GOP function in his district.

In 2013, Young took over as the lead sponsor of the REINS Act requiring congressional approval of federal regulations with an economic impact exceeding $100 million. On a matter of local interest, he got a provision into the 2013 defense authorization bill to help old military installations get liability protection when businesses redevelop the sites, which will help the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant.

Like the neighboring “Bloody 8th,” voters in the 9th District have alternated their allegiances between the two parties since veteran Democrat Lee Hamilton’s retirement in 1998. Young’s 2012 Democratic opponent was Shelli Yoder, a former Miss Indiana who easily won a five-way primary in May. Yoder called for turning the region into a leader in clean energy technologies while increasing funding to retrain unemployed workers. She criticized Young for supporting the steep cuts in Ryan’s budget blueprint and seeking to repeal the health care law. But the incumbent outraised her by 4-to-1 and won 55%-45%.

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Jaymi Light
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Legislative Director

Andrew Terp
Legislative Assistant

Jaymi Light
Legislative Assistant

Grants

Hal Turner
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hal.turner@mail.house.gov
(812) 336-3000

Gun Issues

Andrew Terp
Legislative Assistant

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Jaymi Light
Legislative Assistant

Homeland Security

Michael Essington
Legislative Director

Andrew Terp
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Housing

Jaymi Light
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Human Rights

Michael Essington
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Andrew Terp
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Jaymi Light
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Immigration

Michael Essington
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Andrew Terp
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Intelligence

Andrew Terp
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Michael Essington
Legislative Director

Hal Turner
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hal.turner@mail.house.gov
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Labor

Michael Essington
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Jaymi Light
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Michael Essington
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Jaymi Light
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Jaymi Light
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Public Works

Michael Essington
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Religion

Jaymi Light
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Rules

Michael Essington
Legislative Director

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Small Business

Michael Essington
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Social Security

Andrew Terp
Legislative Assistant

Tax

Michael Essington
Legislative Director

Technology

Jaymi Light
Legislative Assistant

Telecommunications

Jaymi Light
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Trade

Andrew Terp
Legislative Assistant

Transportation

Michael Essington
Legislative Director

Veterans

Andrew Terp
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Welfare

Jaymi Light
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Women

Jaymi Light
Legislative Assistant

Election Results

2014 GENERAL
Todd Young
Votes: 99,810
Percent: 63.11%
Bill Bailey
Votes: 52,659
Percent: 33.3%
2012 GENERAL
Todd Young
Votes: 165,332
Percent: 55.45%
Shelli Yoder
Votes: 132,848
Percent: 44.55%
2012 PRIMARY
Todd Young
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Todd Young
Votes: 118,040
Percent: 52.34%
Baron Hill
Votes: 95,353
Percent: 42.28%
Greg Knott
Votes: 12,070
Percent: 5.35%
2010 PRIMARY
Todd Young
Votes: 19,141
Percent: 34.57%
Travis Hankins
Votes: 17,909
Percent: 32.34%
Mike Sodrel
Votes: 16,868
Percent: 30.46%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (52%)

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