Marlin Stutzman (R-IN-3)i
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Marlin A. Stutzman
Marlin Stutzman 2014 Congressional Candidate Indiana District 3
Since taking office on November 16, 2010, Marlin Stutzman has quickly emerged as an effective leader for Northeast Indiana. As a Deputy Whip for the Republican House Caucus, and member of the House Committees on Agriculture, Budget, and Veterans’ Affairs, Congressman Stutzman is strongly positioned to serve the needs of the hardworking Hoosier families who call Indiana’s Third Congressional District home. In his first few months in Congress, Stutzman has pursued an ambitious legislative agenda.
Too often, elected officials talk about spending cuts but shy away from doing the real work. With his experience as a farmer showing where the budget should be cut, Marlin introduced the REFRESH Act in the House. The legislation cuts $40 billion and ends the anti-free market farm subsidies that manipulate markets and dictate farm policy from Washington.
Before spending battles dominated national headlines, Congressman Stutzman realized that legislation was necessary to prevent scare tactics from choking serious debate. By introducing H.R. 728, he sought to ensure that seniors and service members were never pawns in a dangerous shutdown game.
A strong voice for the 3rd District’s 48,000 veterans, Marlin Stutzman has worked to make sure that Washington keeps its promises to those who sacrificed for our freedoms. As the chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, Stutzman has authored multiple bills to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse while streamlining proven solutions.
As a father and strong conservative, Marlin has been an effective and outspoken defender of the sanctity of human life. When the Department of Health and Human Services threatened to punish Indiana for its pro-life legislation, Marlin led a bipartisan group of 100 members of Congress in pushing back against the administration’s pro-choice agenda. He remains an active member of the Pro-Life Caucus.
A fourth-generation farmer from Howe, Indiana, Marlin Stutzman is co-owner of Stutzman Farms, a true family-farming operation. Together, with his father, two brothers, and brother-in-law, the Stutzmans farm 4000 acres in northern Indiana growing soybeans, green beans, and seed corn.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Stutzman served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 2002-2008, and in the Indiana State Senate from 2008-2010. When first elected at the age of twenty-six, he served as the youngest member of the Indiana legislature until 2006, and established his reputation early-on as a full-spectrum conservative. With a solid track record of lower taxes, less regulation, and balanced budgets, Stutzman was awarded the “Small Business Champion of the Year” award in 2008 from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
Congressman Stutzman and his wife, Christy, have two sons, Payton and Preston, and make their home in Howe, Indiana. The Stutzmans are active members of Community Baptist Church, and Congressman Stutzman has a passion for foreign mission work, having served on short-term mission trips to Russia, Haiti, Mexico, and Guatemala.
Congressman Stutzman is a member of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), ARC of Indiana, the Indiana Farm Bureau, the Howe Community Association, the NRA, and several right-to-life organizations.
Located in the northeast corner of Indiana, the 3rd District includes all of LaGrange, Steuben, DeKalb, Noble, Kosciusko, and Whitley Counties, as well as most of Allen County and part of Elkhart County. The district boasts strong bases in manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, defense, medical device manufacturing, tourism, and education.
Biography of Marlin Stutzman from Stutzman for Congress
Marlin is a fourth-generation farmer who grew up on a farm in Howe, Indiana. As co-owner with his father, Albert, he runs Stutzman Farms, farming 4,000 acres in the Michiana area. He is also owner of Stutzman Farms Trucking. As a farmer and small business owner, he understands the challenges that Hoosiers face every day.
First elected to the Indiana State House of Representatives in 2002, at the age of 26, Marlin served as the youngest member of the legislature until 2006. Since his election as State Representative and now as State Senator for District 13, he has proven to be an effective voice fighting to reduce wasteful government spending and to bring jobs to Indiana.
He has fought for lower taxes, less regulation and balanced budgets. He consistently receives 90% ratings or above from the Chamber of Commerce and other small business associations for his support of pro-business legislation, and in 2008 he won the Small Business Champion Award from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as the ranking member of the State Senate Utilities and Technology Committee and has helped to pass alternative energy incentive legislation in Indiana. He stands strong for traditional family values and in 2005 co-authored the first Pro-life legislation to pass in Indiana in twelve years. In 2006 he served as the Chairman of the Public Policy Committee taking strong stands for conservative values on controversial issues. Marlin and his wife, Christy, have two children, an 8-year old son, Payton, and 3 year old son, Preston. The Stutzmans are actively involved in their community. Christy is the Vice-Regent of her local DAR chapter, and Marlin serves on the board of LaGrange Farm Bureau. They are active members of Community Baptist Church. Marlin also enjoys going on missions trips, and has served in foreign countries including Russia, Haiti, Mexico, and Guatemala. Marlin is a member of NFIB, ARC of Indiana, Indiana Farm Bureau, Howe Community Association, NRA, Northeast Indiana Right to Life and has helped as an assistant coach for his sons Little League team in Howe.
- 2010–2015, Congressman, United States House of Representatives, Indiana District 3
- 2009–2010, Senator, Indiana State Senate, District 13 (includes Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben and DeKalb counties)
- 2005–2008, Special Assistant, Rep. Mark Souder, District 3
- 2002–2008, Representative, Indiana State House, District 52