Todd Young grew up in Indiana's Marion and Hamilton Counties. He earned a bachelor's in 1995 from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he played soccer. He then accepted a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Young participated in military operations, including counter-narcotics activities in the Caribbean, and was honorably discharged in 2000 from active duty as a captain.
He then earned a master's in business administration at the University of Chicago, a master's in American politics at the University of London and a law degree from Indiana University.
Young was a legislative assistant to Sen. Richard Lugar, volunteered for Mitch Daniels' campaign for governor and has served since 2007 as part-time deputy prosecutor for Orange County.
Young and his wife, Jennifer, have four children.
Todd Young was unopposed in the May 2012 Republican primary and reported raising $994,462 during the first quarter of the year, the most of any Indiana congressional candidate. He reported having $696,578 cash on hand as of April 18, while his opponent, Democrat Shelli Yoder, reported having $24,857.
He defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Baron Hill in November 2010 in a district that has changed party hands four times since 1999. State redistricting for 2012 has added GOP-leaning areas to the district.
Young wants to repeal the 2010 health care reform bill, advocating instead for allowing consumers to purchase insurance across state lines and implementing tort reforms that he says will reduce malpractice insurance.
He supports a plan for Medicare that would leave current benefits in place for anyone age 55 and older. For those younger than 55, however, the program would allow people to choose a health plan. Instead of making payments to medical providers, Medicare money would be used to pay insurance premiums.
Young voted for the balanced budget amendment and he supports lowering the corporate tax rate.
He also supports doing away with the assault weapons ban of 1994 and reversing what he calls on his campaign website the "most oppressive section of the 1968 Gun Control Act."
"Any law that infringes upon the rights of law abiding citizens is not constitutional," Young declares. "Most gun control laws do just this."
He is anti-abortion and serves on the board of directors of an anti-abortion ministry. He and his wife try to promote adoption by performing free legal work. "I try to back up my talk with action," he writes on his website.
According to Young, America's military strength is tied to its economic strength and the government must ensure that the country continues to invest in national security. He calls for a return to "constitutionally limited government" and vows to verify the constitutionality of any congressional measure before voting on it.
He supports either a consumption-based tax or a flat tax, is opposed to cap-and-trade legislation and wants to see more investment in energy, transportation and telecommunications infrastructure.
Young has been endorsed by several state Republican officials and by Mitt Romney's political action committee, Free and Strong America.
Committee Assignments: Budget; Armed Services
American Conservative Union Rating: 88
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 0
Recent winning percentages for office currently held: 52% (2010).
(Last updated by Tom Coyne on May 24, 2012.)