Todd Tiahrt was born June 15, 1951 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 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 bombers, such as the B-52, B-1, B-2, air refueling tankers, the KC-135, and Air Force One projects, including 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.
Todd began serving the 4th District of Kansas in Congress in 1995. He served on the powerful House Appropriations Committee from 1997 to 2010. In addition to serving as Ranking Member on the Interior Subcommittee, Todd also served as a member of the Defense Subcommittee. At the time, Todd was the only Member serving in the U.S. House of Representatives to sit on both the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Todd has long been recognized as a champion of taxpayers and those who believe in the traditional American values of integrity, faith and family. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Todd served in a unique position to fight for the interests of all Kansans and for fiscal responsibility in the federal budget process. All discretionary spending bills pass through this important committee.
As a Member of Congress, Todd was very active in the aviation and aerospace industries, transportation, defense, energy, healthcare and public safety. Todd founded the House Economic Competitiveness Caucus and led the effort to help keep and create jobs in Kansas and the U.S. Under Todd’s leadership in advancing the competitiveness agenda, the House of Representatives passed more than 50 pieces of legislation directly related to increasing the ability of U.S. workers to compete in a global economy.
As a member of Congress, Todd received numerous honors for his voting record on behalf of taxpayers, seniors and American families, including the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, being named a Super Friend of Seniors, a Champion of Private Property Rights and a Taxpayer’s Hero. He has also been endorsed numerous times over 18 years by both national and local groups for his pro-life and pro-Second Amendment stands.
Todd’s passion for aviation and aerospace issues led him to start consulting businesses in Wichita, KS, Todd Tiahrt, LLC where he consults with various companies on aviation, aerospace, defense, energy issues and government relations.
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 successfully kept the company from closing. 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.
Subsequently, Todd left Neumann Systems Group in March of 2014 to return to his consulting business in Wichita.
Todd and his wife Vicki live in Goddard, KS. They have been blessed with three children.