Marlin Stutzman was born in Sturgis, Mich., and now lives in Howe, Ind. He studied business at Trine State University and Glen Oaks Community College but did not earn a degree.
Stutzman co-owns and runs his family's 3,500-acre farm in northeast Indiana and also owns Stutzman Farms Trucking.
He was elected in 2002 to the Indiana House and was the youngest member of the Legislature at the time. He was elected to the state Senate in 2008.
Stutzman was elected to the U.S. House in 2010.
He is a Baptist and has traveled to numerous countries, including Russia, Haiti and Guatemala, to do mission work.
Stutzman and his wife, Christy, have two sons.
Marlin Stutzman was named deputy whip for the Republican House Caucus in his first term and was part of the 87-member Republican freshmen class that was praised or blamed for House partisanship. He is a favorite among conservative tea party voters.
Stutzman says he believes in creating a market-friendly environment for businesses to operate and grow. He supports lowering taxes on businesses, investing in infrastructure and eliminating taxes on capital gains and investments.
He opposes "cap-and-trade" legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, government-run health care and so-called card check legislation that would make it easier for employees to unionize. He also says he would never support a federal bailout of private business.
In July 2011, Stutzman offered an amendment that passed to cut by $4.9 million the amount spent on operations for the Congressional Record, a printed account of the previous day's House and Senate activities. "It really seems like a subsidy for a magazine that no one really wants to read," he said.
Stutzman voted in August 2011 against emergency legislation to raise the nation's debt ceiling.
The House passed two of the nine bills he sponsored in 2011. One would penalize small-business owners for misrepresenting themselves as veterans. The other would require the Veterans Administration to issue quarterly reports on its conference expenses.
He was sworn in as a congressman in November 2011, after Rep. Mark Souder resigned that May after confessing to an extramarital affair. With the upcoming retirement of Rep. Dan Burton, if Stutzman wins re-election in 2012 he will be the most senior GOP member in the Indiana delegation.
Stutzman took an unusual path to become a candidate for Indiana's 3rd District. He was a front-runner to replace Souder after Souder resigned, and he won a 15-candidate GOP caucus to become his party's nominee for the seat. But Democrats started dogging Stutzman even before the 3rd District caucus, saying his second run at a seat in Washington in 2010 meant he couldn't claim he wasn't a career politician, as he did in that year's primary.
Stutzman was a member of the Indiana Senate's conservative caucus. He has billed himself as an authentic conservative and has enthusiastic support from tea party voters disenchanted with Washington.
Committee Assignments: Agriculture; Budget; Veterans' Affairs
American Conservative Union Rating: 100
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 0
Marlin Stutzman won his May 2014 primary, he will face Justin Kuhnle in November.
(Last updated by The Associated Press on June 8, 2014.)