Judge Jeff Young was born in Sumter, South Carolina, in 1955, to Kenneth R. Young (deceased) and Marion K. Young.
He grew up in Sumter and graduated from Wilson Hall in 1973. He graduated from The Citadel in 1977 with a B.S. in Business Administration. He received his Juris Doctorate in December 1984 from the University of South Carolina. He began his law practice with his brother at Young and Young, P.A. In 1998 he became a sole practitioner until he was elected to the bench in the Third Judicial Circuit in Family Court. He served as a Family Court Judge from 2004 until 2009.
Judge Young served in the United States Air Force (active and reserve) from 1977 to 2007 and retired as a Lt. Colonel. He completed four missions to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and earned the Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Global War on Terrorism Medal.
He was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives and served from 1994 to 1998. During this time he received the Order of the Palmetto in 1998 and was also named SC Victim's Assistance Network Legislator of the Year and the NRA Defender of Freedom Award. He was elected again to serve in the House from 2000 to 2002.
He was elected on February 11, 2009 as Circuit Court Judge at-large to fill the unexpired term of Judge John M. Milling.
He is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Sumter where he has previously served as an Deacon, Elder and Clerk of Session.
From a survey of all of his closest friends he lucked out when he married Sharon Steele of Sumter on December 5, 1992. He has one daughter, Betsy, and three sons, Will, Robert and Greyson who are all a blessing to be around.