John Tilford

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John Tilford
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Indiana, District 9
High schoolBloomfield (Indiana) H.S.
Bachelor'sIndiana University
Master'sNational Defense Intelligence College
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Marine Corp, Army Reserve, Indiana National Guard
Years of service1965 - 2006
CitationsColonel, O-6
Campaign website
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John Tilford was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 9th Congressional District of Indiana. He lost in the Democratic primary on May 8, 2012.[1]



  • Bloomfield (Indiana) H.S.
  • Indiana University, B.S. in Education
  • 2003: Post Graduate Intelligence Program with the National Defense Intelligence College, Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence



  • Private, E-1 in the United States Marine Corps at the start of the Vietnam War, 18 months (including a voluntary six month extension) in Vietnam with Marine Air Control Squadron 4 near Danang
  • 1979: Returned to the Army Reserve, worked as a Drill Sergeant, advanced to Staff Sergeant, and accepted a direct commission to First Lieutenant in the Infantry
  • Graduated from Airborne School at Ft. Benning at age 41
  • 1996: Called to Washington, DC to work on South Asia intelligence, 4½ years in the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Ground Intelligence Center

Tilford also worked in a series of civilian positions which include the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of the Navy.[2]



See also: Indiana's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Tilford ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Indiana's 9th District. Tilford and three other candidates lost to Shelli Yoder in the May 8, 2012, Democratic primary.[1][3]

U.S. House, Indiana District 9 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShelli Yoder 47.7% 13,186
Robert Winningham 20.2% 5,590
John Tilford 8.1% 2,233
John Griffin Miller 7.5% 2,062
Jonathan George 16.6% 4,591
Total Votes 27,662


Tilford and his wife Polly (née Bruce) Tilford have been married for 41 years.[2] They are the parents of two children: Aaron James and the late Sarah Beth.[2]

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