Todd Tiahrt was born in South Dakota where he grew up on a family farm learning the value of hard work, integrity and opportunity. He attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology studying electrical engineering and later transferred to Evangel University where he earned a degree in Business. While working for Zenith Electronics Corporation as a Project Engineer, he earned an MBA at Missouri State University.
After completing his Master’s degree, Todd worked at The Boeing Company for 14 years in Cost Engineering, Systems Engineering and Proposal Management. He worked on modifications to bombers, such as the B-52, B-1, B-2, air refueling tankers, the KC-135, and Air Force One projects, in addition to highly classified programs.
In 1992, while at Boeing, Todd was elected to the Kansas State Senate where he served for two years. In 1994, he ran against an 18-year incumbent and was elected to Congress where he served for 16 years.
As a Member of Congress, Todd was very active in the aviation and aerospace industries, transportation, defense, energy, healthcare and public safety. He founded and chaired the Economic Competitive Caucus in response to a stagnating economy and the loss of jobs. He was active in House leadership as a member of the Whip organization, the Republican Policy Committee and the Republican Study Committee. Todd served on the powerful Appropriations Committee from 1997 through 2010.
Todd’s passion for aviation and aerospace issues led him to start consulting businesses in Wichita, KS, Todd Tiahrt, LLC and consults with various companies on aviation, aerospace, defense, energy issues and government relations. He has worked with the FAA on regulatory revisions, contract air traffic control towers and airport land usage.
Following a consulting contract with Neumann Systems Group, a Colorado Springs technology company that manufactures pollution control systems, the owners hired Todd as CEO in 2013 where he advanced new technologies, expanded sales three fold and secured contracts with the local utility for pollution controls.
Using technology originally designed for chemical based lasers, Todd expanded the product line to transportable systems to capture carbon dioxide from wasted flare gas for the purpose of Enhanced Oil Recovery, a process to use super critical CO2 to renew exhausted oil fields.
Subsequently, Todd left Neumann Systems Group in March of 2014 after commuting to Colorado Springs for 14 months, to return to his consulting business in Wichita.
Todd and his wife Vicki maintain homes in Goddard, KS, and in Alexandria, VA, just outside of Washington, DC. They have been blessed with three children.
Todd Tiahrt, Member of Congress 1995-2011