Curry Todd

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Curry Todd is a Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives for the 95th District, encompassing part of Shelby County.[1]


Curry Todd was born on December 31, 1947 in Juno, Tennessee.[1] He is a graduate of the University of Memphis.[1]

He is a member of the National Rifle Association.[1] He also serves as state chairman and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a national association of legislators.[1][2] He worked as a police officer in Memphis.[3]

He is divorced[4] with one child.[1] He is a Baptist.[1]

In 2010, he compared pregnant illegal immigrants to reproducing rats, though he later apologized.[5]

In October 2011, he was arrested with a DUI.[6][7][8] He apologized to Gov. Bill Haslam.[3] A few days later, he resigned from his chairmanship of the State and Local Government Committee.[8][9][10] He returned to the House of Representatives shortly after and continued to be the lap dog for lobbyist Tom Hensley. This relationship is seen as mutually beneficial because Hensley represents the Wholesale Liquor Distributors and Curry Todd loves to drink. Chip Forrester, the Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, called for his resignation.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Capitol webpage
  2. ^ Board of Directors - ALEC |accessdate=April 17, 2012
  3. ^ a b The Associated Press, 'Tennessee Rep. Curry Todd offers apology after drunken driving arrest', in Chattanooga Times Free Press, October 18, 2011 [1]
  4. ^ Jackson Baker, 'Curry Todd's Complicated Legacy, As of Now', in Memphis Flyer, October 13th, 2011 [2]
  5. ^ Les Smith, 'Who is State Rep Curry Todd?' on WHBQ-TV, 16 Nov 2010 [3]
  6. ^ Andy Sher, 'Rep. Curry Todd, guns-in-bars law sponsor, faces DUI', Chattanooga Times Free Press, October 13th, 2011 [4]
  7. ^ a b 'Curry Todd: Tennessee Lawmaker's Arrest Warrant', on The Huffington Post, 10/13/11 [5]
  8. ^ a b The Associated Press, 'Rep. Curry Todd returns to legislature after arrest', in The Tennessean, Oct. 20, 2011 [6]
  9. ^ The Associated Press, 'DUI Arrest: Tenn. Rep. Resigns Committee Post', in The New York Times, October 17, 2011 [7]
  10. ^ Erik Schelzig, 'Curry Todd, Controversial Tennessee State Lawmaker, Resigns Committee Post After DUI Arrest', on The Huffington Post, 10/17/11 [8]