Curry Todd was born and raised in Tennessee and is proud of his Volunteer State heritage. He came into the world on the very last day of 1947 in Juno, Tennessee.
After completing high school Curry Todd received scholarship offers from universities all over the country who were eager to recruit him as a promising college basketball player. He was named the Tennessee Player of the Year at Treadwell High School in Memphis and named to the all-Memphis basketball squad. In the end, he spurned offers from UCLA, Duke, and other elite basketball programs to play for the University of Memphis team.
Following his graduation, Curry Todd began a career in law enforcement. He was a police office in Memphis, Tennessee's largest city. He later served as a legislative liaison and lobbyist for the Tennessee Fraternal Order of Police, a position he held from 1982 to 1987. Curry Todd also worked as a legislative liaison and lobbyist for the Memphis Police Department and Memphis Police Association.
Curry Todd was elected to the Tennessee State House of Representatives in 1998, representing the State's ninety-fifth district, which encompasses part of Shelby County. He is proud to possess solid conservative credentials. He has been a member of the Shelby County Conservative Republican Club, the East Shelby County Republican Club, Republican Women of Purpose, the Collierville Republican Club, and to have been a member of the Shelby County Republican Steering Committee, among others.
Curry Todd had the professional background to oversee plans to modernize law enforcement in Tennessee. He was hand picked by then-Governor Lamar Alexander to develop, plan and implement uniform standards of employment, training and certification for the state's police officers.
In 1981 Curry Todd was elected by the Peace Officers Standard Training Commission (POST) to develop and implement police legislation with the Tennessee General Assembly. That same year, he began service on Legislative Study Committees in the Tennessee General assembly in the area of corrections and criminal justice.
Curry Todd is also a member of the National Rifle Association and the Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a national organization of state lawmakers committed to reducing the size of the Federal government.
The achievements of Curry Todd have been widely recognized throughout his career, and he has been the recipient of many honors. These include the Tennessee PTA Life Time Achievement Award in 2006, the Tennessee Home Educators Association Legislator of the Year Award for 2001, the Award of Excellence Shelby County PTA Award in 2008, the FedEx Forum Legislator of the Year Award in 2009, and the Tennessee Association of Elected Officials Legislator of the Year Award in 2010.