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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-4436

Address: 1728 LHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (260) 424-3041

Address: 1300 South Harrison Street, Fort Wayne IN 46802-3446

Winona Lake IN

Phone: (574) 269-1940

Fax: (574) 269-3112

Address: 700 Park Avenue, Winona Lake IN 46590-1066

Bluffton IN

Phone: (260) 824-1900

Fax: (260) 824-1922

Address: 118 South Johnson Street, Bluffton IN 46714

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Marlin Stutzman Biography
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  • Elected: Nov. 2010, 2nd full term.
  • District: Indiana 3
  • Born: Aug. 31, 1976, Sturgis, MI
  • Home: Howe
  • Education:

    Trine U., attended.

  • Professional Career:

    Co-owner, Stutzman Farms; owner, Stutzman Farms Trucking.

  • Political Career:

    IN House, 2002-08; IN Senate, 2008-10.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Baptist

  • Family: Married (Christy); 2 children

Marlin Stutzman, a Republican elected in 2010, is a deeply conservative fourth-generation farmer. He favors creating a “market-friendly” environment for businesses and slashing government spending. Read More

Marlin Stutzman, a Republican elected in 2010, is a deeply conservative fourth-generation farmer. He favors creating a “market-friendly” environment for businesses and slashing government spending.

Stutzman grew up in Howe, Ind. His parents were Mennonites, a denomination of Anabaptists that shares historical roots with the Amish. When he was 14, Stutzman started raising his own livestock herd, which reached almost 100 animals before he sold them. He attended Tri-State University (now Trine University) for two years to study accounting, but he dropped out to focus on farming. He married a teacher when he was 23 and converted to her Baptist religion. He co-owned Stutzman Farms with his father and also was the sole owner of a trucking company before his election to Congress.

In 2002, when no one registered to challenge a longtime incumbent Democrat in the Indiana House, Stutzman filed papers to run on the last possible day. He won by 249 votes, becoming the youngest member of the House at age 26. In three terms, he helped to pass a tax credit for ethanol producers and authored Indiana’s lifetime handgun permit law, which frees gun owners from having to renew their licenses. He pushed a bill in 2005 that created tougher regulations for abortion providers. From 2005 to 2008, while still a state representative, Stutzman worked as a special assistant in Rep. Mark Souder’s district office. Stutzman won a seat in the state Senate in 2008.

The following year, he announced he would seek the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh. Then in February 2010, Bayh said he would not seek reelection, creating an open seat opportunity that generated interest among other Republicans. In the primary, Stutzman faced former Sen. Dan Coats and former Rep. John Hostettler. Although national Republicans recruited Coats for the race, Stutzman had the support of tea party activists and conservative Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., who was attempting to boost the number of conservative candidates around the country. Coats ultimately won the nomination with 39% of the vote, and Stutzman came in second with 29%.

The results raised Stutzman’s political profile and helped him win the support of Republican officials when Souder ran into political trouble in the spring of 2010. The incumbent looked to be well on his way to securing a ninth term when he revealed in May that he had engaged in an extramarital affair with one of his aides. Because Souder had already won the GOP primary, party officials chose Stutzman as their new nominee at their June caucus.

In the general election campaign, he was the heavy favorite over his Democratic opponent, former Fort Wayne City Council member Tom Hayhurst, in the heavily Republican district. Although Hayhurst outraised Stutzman, an impressive $730,000 to $600,000, the Republican won with ease, with 63% of the vote to Hayhurst’s 33%. Stutzman won a double victory on November 2: He was elected to fill the final weeks of Souder’s term in the 111th Congress (2009-10) while, at the same time, winning a full two-year term for the 112th Congress (2011-12). He was sworn in on Nov. 16, two months ahead of other newly elected lawmakers, whose terms began in January 2011, giving him slightly more seniority with which to leverage committee assignments.

In the House, Stutzman has been an unwavering conservative and one of the class of 2010 Republicans occasionally chafing at Speaker John Boehner’s willingness to make concessions to Democrats. “He needs to be clear in what our strategy is,” Stutzman told The New York Times in January 2012, after the speaker struck a last-minute deal extending the payroll tax cut for two months. “I got chewed out by folks who said, ‘Why did you fold?’ I got scolded back home, and I don’t really like it.”

But he was named a deputy whip and, in 2013, was given a seat on the Financial Services Committee, where he is an ally of like-minded Chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas. He cosponsored Georgia GOP Rep. Rob Woodall’s bill in January 2013 to replace the federal income tax with a national sales tax. The same month, he was highly critical of President Barack Obama’s proposals to curb gun violence, calling on Obama to condemn “Hollywood’s irresponsible glorification of violence.”

He earlier proposed to separate the food stamp program from the farm bill, saying that food stamps threw the agricultural authorization “out of balance.” The Democratic-controlled Senate refused to include the idea in its version of the 2012 farm bill. As a fiscal conservative, Stutzman says he favors phasing out farm subsidies, even though his family received $179,000 in farm subsidies from the federal government from 1995 through 2009. The subsidies, he says, are an unnecessary government interference in the free market and increase the federal debt.

In such a heavily Republican district, Stutzman had no trouble holding onto his seat in 2012. He waltzed past Democrat Kevin Boyd, a Presbyterian pastor, with 67% of the vote.

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Marlin Stutzman Election Results
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2012 General
Marlin Stutzman (R)
Votes: 187,872
Percent: 67.04%
Kevin Boyd (D)
Votes: 92,363
Percent: 32.96%
2012 Primary
Marlin Stutzman (R)
Votes: 74,812
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 special (63%)
Marlin Stutzman Votes and Bills
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Economic 8 (L) : 92 (C) 5 (L) : 94 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social 38 (L) : 62 (C) 26 (L) : 73 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 44 (L) : 56 (C) 30 (L) : 66 (C) 16 (L) : 75 (C)
Composite 30.0 (L) : 70.0 (C) 21.3 (L) : 78.7 (C) 11.3 (L) : 88.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
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