At a Glance
- Career History: Co-owner, Stutzman Farms (1995-present); Owner, Stutzman Farms Trucking (1997-present); Indiana State Senator (2009-2010); Indiana State Representative (2002-2008)
- Birthday: Aug. 31, 1976
- Hometown: Howe, Ind.
- Alma Mater: Attended Tri-State University (now Trine University)
- Spouse: Christy
- Religion: Baptist
- Committees: House Agriculture Committee , Budget , Veterans' Affairs
- DC Office: 1728 Longworth
- Web site: stutzman.house.gov
Path To Power
Born in 1976 in Sturgis, Mich., Stutzman was raised in Howe, Ind., where he and his father continue to run a 4,000-acre farm. The eldest of four children in the Mennonite family, Stutzman worked on the farm raising livestock and growing vegetables.
Stutzman attended Tri-State University for two years, but left to return to the farm. At age 23, he married a teacher, converting to her religion, Baptism. In the 1990s, he became co-owner of the family farm and also began a trucking business.
"I consider myself a tea party person," Stutzman says.
While he subscribes to the small government, limited spending philosophy of that conservative movement, Stutzman is unique on foreign policy. Stutzman initially supported the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has praised President Obama for providing resources to fight the latter war. Still, Stutzman says it is time to draw down in the region, where the culture doesn't match up with American ideals. "In some cases you bring democracy. In other circumstances, I just don't think that it's always possible to do that," Stutzman said.
While Stutzman said he would vote for Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) for speaker if no one else runs, Stutzman has suggested he would support others for the post, including Reps. Mike Pence (R-Ind.).
Ahead of the 2010 Senate primary, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) endorsed Stutzman over eventual winner Dan Coats.