Marlin Andrew Stutzman (born August 31, 1976) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives. He previously was a member of the Indiana Senate representing the 13th district, where he served from 2009 to 2010 and he was a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008 representing District 52.
On June 12, 2010, Stutzman won the Republican nomination for the general election and special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mark Souder, congressman for Indiana's 3rd congressional district. Stutzman defeated 14 other candidates on the second ballot by winning a simple majority (229) of the 400 votes cast by precinct committee members.
Stutzman was a candidate in the 2010 U.S. Senate election, but was defeated in the primary election by former Senator Dan Coats.
Early life, education and career
Stutzman is a fourth-generation farmer who grew up on a farm located in both Saint Joseph County, Michigan and LaGrange County, Indiana. He graduated from Lake Area Christian High School located in Sturgis, Michigan in 1994. He attended Glen Oaks Community College in 1999 and Tri-State University from 2005 to 2007. 2) in the Michiana area. He is also owner of Stutzman Farms Trucking.
As co-owner with his father, Albert, he runs Stutzman Farms, farming 4,000 acres (16 km
- 2002–2008, Representative, Indiana State House, District 52
- 2005–2008, Special Assistant, Rep. Mark Souder, District 3
- 2009–2010, Senator, Indiana State Senate, District 13 (includes Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben and DeKalb counties)
First elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2002, at the age of 26, Stutzman served as the youngest member of the legislature until 2006. In 2009 he was elected to the Indiana Senate representing the 13th district. He ran for the Republican nomination for the 2010 U.S.
Senate election in a bid to replace retiring incumbent Evan Bayh.
Stutzman consistently received 90% ratings or above from the Chamber of Commerce and other small business associations for his support of pro-business legislation. In 2008 he won the Small Business Champion Award from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. He was cited as a Taxpayer Friendly State Legislators by Indiana WatchDog an independent, volunteer organization.
He served as the ranking member of the State Senate Utilities and Technology Committee and helped to pass alternative energy incentive legislation in Indiana.
In 2006 he served as the Chairman of the Public Policy Committee taking strong stands for conservative values on controversial issues.
Stutzman advocates for more accountability in state government operations. He co-authored a bill to establish the Hoosier Grace Commission which passed in 2003. The commission helped eliminate wasteful government spending and has brought fraud and/or scandals to public awareness.
Stutzman authored a bill that requires more money to go directly to the classroom.
The bill was instrumental in paying back the $600 million that was owed by State Government to schools, and increased funding for students 6 years in a row.
Stutzman ran for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by incumbent Evan Bayh. He lost to former U.S. Senator Dan Coats in the primary.
Incumbent U.S. Representative Mark Souder (R-IN) resigned after admitting to a sex scandal.
This event occurred after he won the Republican primary on May 4. On June 12, Republicans from Indiana's third district met in Columbia City to choose Souder's replacement. Stutzman won decisively on the second ballot. He defeated the Democratic candidate in both the general election and the special election to fill the remainder of Souder's term (both held on the same day).
Stutzman and his wife, Christy, have two sons, Payton and Preston.
November 8th, 2011