Growing up in the Hoosier state, Todd Young received some good advice from his parents.

“They told me, ‘In this country, if you work hard, if you keep yourself out of trouble, if you set some goals and you come up with a plan about how to achieve those goals, you can accomplish just about everything you put your mind to,’” Young said.

After graduating from high school, he joined the Navy, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served five years in the Marine Corps. He then worked as a staff adviser for a senator in Washington, D.C., before returning to Indiana, going to law school, starting a family and running for the Ninth Congressional District seat.

In 2010, he was elected to that position.

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He served two terms — from 2011 to 2014 — before earning his third two-year term

in November.

In that district, he represents 750,000 Hoosiers.

“I ran for Congress because I still believed that I can change the system, I could make things a little bit better, I could set some goals, go out there and accomplish big things working with other people,” Young said.

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Zach Spicer is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7080.