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Marlin A. Stutzman
Marlin A. Stutzman.jpg
U.S. House, Indiana, District 3
In office
November 2, 2010-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorMark Souder (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.27 in 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,557,412
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Indiana State Senate, 13th District
Indiana House of Representatives, 52nd District
High schoolLake Area Christian High School (1994)
Bachelor'sTri-State University
Associate'sGlen Oaks Community College
BirthdayAugust 31, 1976
Place of birthSturgis, Michigan
ProfessionSmall Business Owner, Farmer
Net worth$1,031,008.50
Office website
Campaign website
Marlin A. Stutzman campaign logo
Marlin Andrew Stutzman (b. August 31, 1976, in Sturgis, MI) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Stutzman was elected by voters from Indiana's 3rd Congressional District. Stutzman was elected in a November 2, 2010, special election to fill the rest of resigning Rep. Mark Souder's term. He was simultaneously elected to a full two year term through 2013.

Stutzman was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Stutzman is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014.[2]

He launched an unsuccessful bid for the majority whip position on June 12, 2014. He was defeated by Steve Scalise (R-LA) and also ran against Peter Roskam (R-IL) for the position.[3][4][5][6] The whip post became open when Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was successful in his bid to succeed Eric Cantor as majority leader.[7]

He previously was a member of the Indiana State Senate from 2009 to 2010 and the Indiana House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008.[8]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Stutzman is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Stutzman is a fourth-generation farmer who grew up on farms located in both Saint Joseph County, MI, and LaGrange County, IN. He graduated from Lake Area Christian High School located in Sturgis, MI, in 1994. He attended Glen Oaks Community College in 1999 and Tri-State University from 2005 to 2007.[8]


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.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Stutzman serves on the following committees:[9][10]


Indiana State Senate


Prior to leaving thesenate, Stutzman served on the following committees:

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[12] For more information pertaining to Stutzman's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[13]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Stutzman voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[14]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Stutzman voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[14]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Stutzman voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[15] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[14]


Voted "Yes" Stutzman voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[14]


Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[16] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[17][18] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[18] Stutzman voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[19][20] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[20] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[21] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Stutzman voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[19]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[22] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[23] Stutzman voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[24]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[25] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Stutzman voted against HR 2775.[26]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Stutzman voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[14]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Stutzman voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[14]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Stutzman voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[14]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Stutzman voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[14]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Stutzman voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]


On The Issues Vote Match

Marlin Stutzman's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Stutzman is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Stutzman received a score of 27 percent on social issues and 83 percent on economic issues.[28]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[29]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Neutral
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[28]



See also: Indiana's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Stutzman is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Indiana District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMarlin Stutzman Incumbent 81.7% 48,824
Mark Baringer 9.8% 5,866
James Mahoney 8.5% 5,101
Total Votes 59,791
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.


See also: Indiana's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Stutzman ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Indiana's 3rd District. Stutzman was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Kevin Boyd in the November 6 general election.[30]

U.S. House, Indiana District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarlin Stutzman Incumbent 67% 187,872
     Democratic Kevin Boyd 33% 92,363
Total Votes 280,235
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"


Stutzman was endorsed by the National Right to Life Political Action Committee.[31]

Full history


On November 4, 2008, Republican Marlin Stutzman won re-election to the Indiana State Senate District 13 receiving 26,291 votes, ahead of Democrat Fred Demske receiving 15,185 votes.[33]

Indiana State Senate, District 13 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Marlin Stutzman (R) 26,291
Fred Demske (D) 15,185

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Stutzman is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Stutzman raised a total of $1,557,412 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[34]

Marlin Stutzman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House, (Indiana, District 3) Won $960,106
2010 U.S. House, (Indiana, District 3) Won $597,306
Grand Total Raised $1,557,412


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Stutzman's reports.[35]

Marlin Stutzman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[36]April 18, 2013$153,804.32$101,796.72$(56,010.86)$199,589.18
July Quarterly[37]July 18, 2013$199,589.18$232,678.60$(82,781.86)$349,485.92
October Quarterly[38]October 13, 2013$349,485.92$193,384.17$(120,634.61)$422,235.48
Year-end[39]January 31, 2014$422,235$102,843$(180,890)$344,188
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2014$344,188$179,662$(93,339)$430,512
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Stutzman's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Stutzman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Stutzman's campaign committee raised a total of $960,106 and spent $801,826.[41] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[42]

Cost per vote

Stutzman spent $4.27 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Stutzman's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Stutzman won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Stutzman's campaign committee raised a total of $273,768 and spent $171,593 .[43]

U.S. House, Indiana District 3, 2010 - Marlin Stutzman Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $273,768
Total Spent $171,593
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $807,543
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $794,802
Top contributors to Marlin Stutzman's campaign committee
McArdle Realty & Consulting$12,000
Hanning & Bean Enterprises$11,600
Perfection Bakeries$10,514
American Dental Assn$10,000
Every Republican is Crucial PAC$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$50,717
Real Estate$44,250
Health Professionals$37,620
Crop Production & Basic Processing$30,610


In 2008, Stutzman collected $42,701 in donations.[44]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana Republican Party $15,591
Faulkner Strategies Inc. $15,417

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Stutzman's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $314,021 and $1,747,996. That averages to $1,031,008.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Stutzman ranked as the 204th most wealthy representative in 2012.[45] Between 2009 and 2012, Stutzman's calculated net worth[46] percentage increase was not meaningful as the initial average net worth is less than or equal to zero. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[47]

Marlin Stutzman Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:N/A
Average annual growth:N/A
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[48]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Stutzman is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 17, 2013.[49]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[50]

Stutzman most often votes with:

Stutzman least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Stutzman missed 49 of 1,789 roll call votes from November 2010 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.7 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.2 percent among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[51]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Stutzman paid his congressional staff a total of $958,375 in 2011. He ranked 84th on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 210th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Indiana ranked 35th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[52]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Stutzman is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Stutzman's staff was given an apparent $2,367.58 in bonus money.[53]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Stutzman ranked 90th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[54]


Stutzman ranked 26th in the conservative rankings.[55]

Voting with party


Marlin A. Stutzman voted with the Republican Party 93.7 percent of the time, which ranked 191st among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[56]


Stutzman and his wife, Christy, have two children, an 8-year old son, Payton, and 3 year old son, Preston.[57]

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See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Indiana," 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "2014 primary results," accessed May 6, 2014
  3. Politico, "Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise vault into GOP leadership," accessed June 19, 2014
  4. Breitbart, "Hensarling Bows Out Of Majority Leader Race, Stuzman Launches Whip Bid," accessed June 12, 2014
  5. Roll Call, "Labrador Announces Candidacy for Majority Leader (Updated)," accessed June 14, 2014
  6. Politico, "The battle to become whip," accessed June 16, 2014
  7. Politico, "Lynn Westmoreland, Pete Sessions weigh whip bid," accessed June 16, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Rep Stutzman, "Biography," accessed November 4, 2011
  9., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  10. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Rep Stutzmanm "Committees and Caucuses," accessed November 4, 2011
  12. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  13. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 Project Vote Smart, "Marlin Stutzman Key Votes," accessed October 11, 2013
  15. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  16. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  17. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, With clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  21. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  22. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  24. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  25. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  28. 28.0 28.1 On The Issues, "Marlin Stutzman Vote Match," accessed June 30, 2014
  29. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  30. Indiana Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Election Results," accessed May 8, 2012
  31. Marlin Stutzman, "National Right to Life Announces Endorsement of Stutzman," accessed May 1, 2012
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. Indiana Secretary of State, "2008 Indiana State Senate official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
  34. Open Secrets, "Marlin Stutzman," accessed April 7, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Marlin Stutzman 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 15, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  41. Open Secrets, "Marlin Stutzman 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Marlin A. Stutzman 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 4, 2011
  44. Follow the Money, "Stutzman Campaign Donors," 2008
  45. OpenSecrets, "Stutzman, (R-IN), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  46. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  47. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  48. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  49. GovTrack, "Stutzman" accessed June 17, 2013
  50. OpenCongress, "Rep. Marlin Stutzman," accessed August 1, 2013
  51. GovTrack, "Marlin Stutzman," accessed April 1, 2013
  52. LegiStorm, "Marlin Stutzman," accessed 2012
  53. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  54. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  55. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  56. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  57. Marlin Stutzman, Indiana, US Congress, Indiana Third District, GOP, IN-3 Special Election, "Bio," accessed November 4, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Souder
U.S. House of Representatives - Indiana District 3
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Indiana State Senate - District 13
Succeeded by
Susan Glick