Todd Young is a new congressman from Indiana, elected last November from the Ninth District in southeast Indiana.

He's been seen in recent days on national TV news offering his position on the current budget debate in Congress.

Little known is the fact that Young is a Hamilton County product. He graduated from Carmel High School in 1990. His parents live in the county and his father, Bruce Young, can be found daily in Noblesville. He is a principal in the A.B. Young Companies.

After graduating from high school where is helped his soccer team win a state championship, Todd entered the U.S. Naval Academy. Following graduation he became an intelligence officer with the U.S. Marine Corps entrusted with top secret clearance.

He earned an MBA degree from the University of Chicago and a law degree from IU. He has worked for the Heritage Foundation in Washington and as a deputy prosecutor in Orange County, Ind.

Last year, Todd won the Republican nomination for Congress and in November defeated incumbent Barron Hill. He and his wife and four children now reside in Bloomington.

The congressman has served as a member of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Indiana Sports Corporation and has been active in the American Legion working to aid homeless veterans, and also as a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

All that, and Todd is only 38 years old.

On April 27, Carmel High School will induct Todd into its Hall of Fame at the school's annual banquet honoring current top scholars and accomplished alumni. He and his family will be present for the induction.

(The Hall of Fame will also posthumously induct nationally known illustrator Franklin Booth who graduated from CHS in 1893. He was an illustrator for such authors as Mark Twain and James Whitcomb Riley.)

Although Todd Young does not currently live in Hamilton County, we might well claim him as the third congressman with local ties, the other two being Richard Roudebush in the 1960s and James Evans in the 1870s.