Marlin Stutzman

Marlin Stutzman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 3rd district
Assumed office
November 2, 2010
Preceded by Mark Souder
Succeeded by Jim Banks (elect)
Member of the Indiana Senate
from the 13th district
In office
January 2009  November 2, 2010
Preceded by Robert Meeks
Succeeded by Sue Glick
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 52nd district
In office
January 2003  January 2009
Preceded by Dale Sturtz
Succeeded by David Yarde
Personal details
Born Marlin Andrew Stutzman
(1976-08-31) August 31, 1976
Sturgis, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Christy Stutzman
Children Payton
Alma mater Glen Oaks Community College
Trine University
Religion Baptist
Website Campaign website

Marlin Andrew Stutzman[1] (born August 31, 1976) is an American politician who has been a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Indiana's 3rd congressional district, since 2010. A Republican, Stutzman previously served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008, representing district 52, and as a member of the Indiana Senate, representing the 13th district, from 2009 to 2010.[2]

Stutzman was a candidate in the 2010 U.S. Senate election, but was defeated in the primary election in May 2010 by former Senator Dan Coats.[3]

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.[4] Stutzman defeated 14 other candidates on the second ballot by winning a simple majority (229) of the 400 votes cast by precinct committee members.

On May 9, 2015, Stutzman announced that he would run for the United States Senate seat held by Dan Coats. He was defeated in the Republican Primary by Representative Todd Young.

Early life, education and career

Stutzman is a fourth-generation farmer who grew up on a farm located in both St. 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, currently known as Trine University, from 2005 to 2007. He did not obtain a degree from either school. As co-owner with his father, Albert, he runs Stutzman Farms, farming 4,000 acres (16 km2) in the Michiana area. He is also owner of Stutzman Farms Trucking.[5]

State politics

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.


U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

Stutzman was elected in a November 2, 2010 special election to fill the rest of resigning Representative Mark Souder's term. He was simultaneously elected to a full two-year term to expire in 2013.

Political positions

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 [12] from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. He was cited as a Taxpayer Friendly State Legislators by Indiana WatchDog [13] an independent, volunteer organization.

He served as the ranking member of the Indiana 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 Indiana Public Policy Committee taking strong stands for conservative values on controversial issues.

Government waste

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 state government spending and has brought fraud and/or scandals to public awareness.[14]


Stutzman authored a bill that required 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 six years in a row.

Affordable Care Act

In Congress, Stutzman has opposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In September 2013, he advocated attaching a measure defunding the Act to must-pass legislation funding the federal government.[15]

After the government subsequently shut down, Stutzman remarked that the issue at stake was no longer merely the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and Republicans would need some concession in order to reopen the government.[16]


In 2010 Stutzman signed a pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity promising to vote against any Global Warming legislation that would raise taxes.[17]

Political campaigns

2010 U.S. Senate campaign

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.

2010 U.S. House campaign

Incumbent U.S. Representative Mark Souder (R-IN) resigned after admitting to an affair. 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.[18] 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).

2012 U.S. House campaign

Stutzman defeated his Democratic opponent Kevin Boyd by a 67%–33% margin.[19]

2016 U.S. Senate campaign

Stutzman ran for a U.S. Senate seat in 2016. He was endorsed by the Club for Growth[20] and Senator Rand Paul.[21] Stutzman was defeated by fellow Republican Todd Young in the primary election.[20]

Electoral history

2010 Republican Senate Primary Results[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Coats 217,225 39.5
Republican Marlin Stutzman 160,981 29.2
Republican John Hostettler 124,494 22.6
Republican Don Bates, Jr. 24,664 4.5
Republican Richard Behney 23,005 4.2
Total votes 550,369 100
2010 House General Election Results[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Marlin Stutzman 116,030 63
Democratic Thomas Hayhurst 61,149 33
Libertarian Scott Wise 7,636 4
Total votes 184,815 100
2012 House General Election Results[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Marlin Stutzman (Incumbent) 187,872 67.04
Democratic Kevin Boyd 92,363 32.96
Total votes 280,235 100.00
Republican hold

Personal life

Stutzman and his wife, Christy, have two sons, Payton and Preston.


  1. Chicago Sun-Times Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. "Senate Republicans: About Sen. Marlin Stutzman". 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  3. Schneider, Mary Beth (5 May 2010). "Senate: Coats wins GOP nomination". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  4. Weinhold, Josh (14 June 2010). "Stutzman wins caucus to represent GOP in Indiana's 3rd District". Retrieved 14 June 2010.
  5. "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). Congressional Quarterly. 2010-11-04. p. 41. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-12.
  6. "Newsroom". 2009-08-19. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  7. "Indiana Corn – Indiana Corn Farmers to Contribute to New Ethanol Incentive Program". 2009-08-17. Archived from the original on November 3, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  8. "Indiana House of Representatives Republican Caucus:". 2002-09-18. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  9. "Indiana House of Representatives – Majority Caucus Newsletter". Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  10. "Indiana House of Representatives – Majority Caucus Newsletter". 2007-01-26. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  11. Archived from the original on October 9, 2009. Retrieved November 21, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. Report (2008-01-22). "Indy Firm Named Chamber's Small Business of the Year – Newsroom – Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick". Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  13. Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved November 21, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. May 15th, 2008 at 10:48 pm by Jim (2008-05-15). "Blog Archive » Marlin Stutzman Declares for Senate District 13 Caucus to Replace Senator Meeks". HoosierAccess. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  15. 'This is the line in the sand,' House Republicans say, by Lisa Mascaro, LA Times, 18 September 2013
  16. Hayward, Steven F. (2013-10-03). "GOP stands firm against funding bill, will link to debt ceiling fight". Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  18. 12, 2010 "Stutzman Dominates Congressional Caucus" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  19. 1 2 "Election Results". Indiana Elections Division. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  20. 1 2 Drucker, David (July 30, 2015). "Club For Growth backs Marlin Stutzman in second play for Indiana Senate win". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  21. "Rand Paul Endorses Marlin Stutzman in Senate Race". Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. April 20, 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  22. "ElectionResults". Indiana Elections Division. May 24, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
  23. "Indiana 3 District House Election Results". November 6, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2011.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mark Souder
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Jim Banks
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Tom Reed
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Mike Fitzpatrick
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