Paoli attorney Todd Young, who formerly worked for U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar and volunteered for Gov. Mitch Daniels' first campaign, filed papers Monday to create an exploratory campaign committee for Indiana's 9th Congressional District.

"I know it is early to be talking about a political campaign, but it is not too early to be concerned about the dangerous levels of deficit spending now being recommended by Congress and the Obama administration," Young, 36, said in a press release announcing his filing with the Federal Election Commission.

The election is two years away. Voters in the 9th District returned Democrat Baron Hill to the U.S. House for another two-year term that started this month.

Young, an associate at the Paoli law firm of Tucker and Tucker, P.C., is a fifth- generation Hoosier who grew up in Marion and Hamilton counties. In 1995, he graduated cum laude from the U.S. Naval Academy and then served for five years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

While serving as a Marine Corps officer, he attended night school at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, earning an MBA. After being discharged in 2000, he spent a year in London, England, attending the University of London's Institute of United States Studies.

In 2001, Young joined Lugar's staff in Washington, D.C., as a legislative assistant for energy policy. In the summer of 2003, Young returned to Indiana to volunteer for the Mitch Daniels for Governor campaign, where he led policy development teams for energy and military veterans issues.

Meanwhile, he worked as an adjunct professor of public affairs at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs and attended law school at night. In 2006, Young earned a law degree from Indiana University, where he was president of the school's Federalist Society chapter. He joined Tucker and Tucker upon graduation.

In 2007, Young founded an advocacy group, the National Organization for People vs. Irresponsible Government Spending. "As president of NO PIGS, Young speaks to concerned Hoosiers around Indiana about irresponsible government spending," his press release said.

Young is married to the former Jennifer Tucker of Paoli, and they have two daughters. They live in Bloomington.