Todd Pillion is currently serving in the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 4th District. The 4th District includes all of Dickenson County and parts of Wise, Russell, and Washington counties. Pillion has been serving as Delegate since winning a special election in December 2014.
Delegate Pillion is a member of the committees on Appropriations, Transportation, Science and Technology, and Counties, Cities and Towns. Pillion also proudly serves as a member of the Military and Veterans caucus.
Childhood and Faith
Todd was raised on a small farm in Ewing, Virginia where his father instilled in him the principles of hard work, faith in God, self-responsibility, and the value of a dollar. These are principles that have guided Todd’s entire life. Throughout his youth, Todd and his family went to church at least three times a week. Faith is very important to Todd and his family, that is why they are active members of Abingdon United Methodist Church where Todd serves on the governing committees of the church.
Todd paid his way through his first year at Lincoln Memorial University with the herd of cattle that his father taught him to raise as a young boy. After his first year in school, he received an academic scholarship for his final three years at LMU. Todd then continued on his path to attend the VCU School of Dentistry as one of the few students from the Southwest Virginia region. During his last year in dental school, he served as the President of the student body and helped with the inception of the Wise RAM, Mission of Mercy, project. Due to mounting student debt and his family’s history of military service, Todd joined the Virginia Army National Guard during his senior year and was commissioned as a Captain in its Medical Detachment.
Residency and Military Service
After graduating, Todd returned to practice general dentistry in Abingdon in July of 2001 and soon realized his true calling was treating children. Three years after his return to Southwest Virginia he made the decision to participate in a post graduation program in Buffalo, NY to obtain a license in pediatric dentistry. During his residency, he was called to active duty to support the 42nd Infantry Division in Tikrit, Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He returned to complete his certificate program and serve out his 8 year commitment with the Virginia Army National Guard. In 2009, he completed his tenure with the rank of Major and the honor of being the state dental officer for Virginia’s finest.
Todd currently practices pediatric dentistry with offices located in Bristol, Johnson City, and Knoxville. His small business experience provides him with an understanding of the challenges local businesses commonly face. Todd will continue to fight against burdensome government regulations and higher taxes and fees that hinder job creation and economic growth.