Todd Pillion is the Republican nominee for State Senate in the 40th District. Since winning a special election in December 2014, Todd has represented the 4th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, where he serves on the Appropriations, Transportation, and Science and Technology committees.
Though only in his second full term in elected office, Todd has been recognized as a leader for Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth through his work on the opioid epidemic, economic development, and promoting commonsense policies good for Virginia families and businesses.
Recently ranked as the second most effective legislator in the General Assembly, Todd is a recipient of the Virginia Chamber’s Innovation Award; the Award of Merit from the Virginia Pharmacists Association; the Child Advocate Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics-Virginia; and The Healthcare Hero Award from the Business Journal of the Tri-Cities, among others.
A native of Lee County, Todd grew up working on his family’s farm which helped him pay for his first year of college. On the farm, his father instilled in him the principles of hard word, faith in God, self-responsibility, and the value of a dollar. After graduating Lincoln Memorial University, he attended VCU’s School of Dentistry as one of the few students from the Southwest Virginia region. During his last year in dental school, Todd helped with the inception of the Wise RAM and Mission of Mercy project. He also joined the Virginia Army National Guard and was commissioned as a Captain in its Medical Detachment.
After graduating, Todd returned to practice general dentistry in Abingdon 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-graduate program 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 later 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 and his wife Amanda currently reside in Abingdon with their four children.