As a small business owner, an orthodontist, a computer scientist, and a proud husband and father, Tod Curtis understands solving problems and getting the job done.
A lifelong Hoosier, Tod knows the importance of hard work, commitment, and taking care of one another. He has watched our leaders in Washington put their own political interests and gamesmanship ahead of doing what’s right for their constituents. He sees a middle class that is dissolving away, and our communities crippled as a changing economy leaves them behind.
Tod knows government can’t solve every problem, but he also believes that we need good public servants in Washington, people who will listen to Hoosiers in the ninth district and put their interests first.
Tod is running for Congress because he wants to help build that future, a future where hard work is rewarded, a future where children can grow up to lead healthy, productive lives, and a future where communities thrive.
Tod grew up in Bedford, Indiana, and attended Bedford North Lawrence High School. From an early age, his parents – his father an engineer and his mother an elementary school teacher – taught him the value of hard work and getting a good education. Tod’s passion for science as a child and his natural curiosity led him to Indiana University, where he graduated with a degree in Biology before receiving his D.D.S. at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. Following that, he continued his specialty training at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, completing a Master’s Degree in Orthodontics.
A passionate member of his community, Tod returned to open the first full-time orthodontic office in Lawrence County, Indiana. His successful practice has grown through the years and still faithfully serves the residents of Bedford and surrounding communities.
A lifelong learner, Tod went back to the classroom and earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Indiana University, while continuing to run his orthodontic practice. Since earning his Computer Science degree, Tod has worked with and advised several software companies as a developer, particularly in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision. His work in the technology sector has given Tod a unique lens through which to understand America’s changing 21st century economy.
Residing in Bedford, Tod and his family remain active members of their community. Tod has served as a Deacon at Bedford’s First Baptist Church, volunteered for many years as a board member of the Boys Club, and has put his background and love of science to good use as a mentor for the Diamond Blades FTC robotics team. In his spare time, Tod enjoys running, playing basketball, and writing. He has published a novel for young adults, which wasn’t a bestseller but was very popular with his patients. He also enjoys collecting vintage video games and interacting with the gaming community.
Tod is married to Cindy, his high school sweetheart and the love of his life. They live in Bedford with their two children, Austin and Ash.