Stutzman Settles In

By Megan Trent

January 19, 2011 Updated Jan 19, 2011 at 7:59 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Fourth generation farmer, small business owner, State Senator, and now U.S. Representative for Indiana's 3rd Congressional District.

Marlin Stutzman took a moment to talk with Indiana's NewsCenter after an appearance at the Fort Wayne Farm Show Tuesday. He talked about farming, family, and adjusting to his new job.

It's been a crazy couple of months for Stutzman - winning both a run for the House position and the special election to replace Mark Souder. That's after losing out to Dan Coats for a U.S. Senate spot.

Many of Souder's former employees are now back to work for Stutzman. Their experience, we're told, is helping make the transition as smooth as possible.

"We're settled in," says Stutzman. "We're finally getting some pictures hung up on the walls in the office. Staff is in place and things are coming together very well. I'm really encouraged by all of that, but I know that the work is really just beginning.

Wednesday the Congressman casts his most important vote yet - to repeal the health care law. While the measure is seen as mostly symbolic since it is unlikely to make it through the Democrat controlled Senate, Stutzman says it's a message that Republicans are focused on this key issue.

Stutzman says it's his experience in farming that will pay off in his new position on the House's Agriculture Committee.

"You're always trying to project the best case scenario and also the worst case scenario and making sure that the worst case scenario still keeps you above water," says Stutzman. "That's what I think - going to Washington I can use those experiences. Knowing that we're in a worst case scenario, how do we start cutting our way out of this?"

He also says finding an affordable home for himself, his wife, and their two young boys has been a challenge. "The family is doing well. We're hopefully finding a little place to live to keep the family together as much as we can. We're finding it's not cheap in Washington."

Stutzman says a key focus as a freshman Congressman is reigning in government spending.

Below is an unedited press release regarding Stutzman's recent vote to repeal the health care law.

Washington, DC – Tonight, Congressman Stutzman voted for H.R. 2 which passed 245 to 189. In a bipartisan effort, the first step to end the job-killing Obamacare System was taken.

“In November, Americans voted to start fresh and fix the actual problems in the health care system,” stated Stutzman, “the people have asked for an honest effort to fix health care for all Americans and keep the government out.” “The vote tonight was not symbolic, it is important to allow Congress the opportunity to fix the problems with health care and to not harm the economy.”

It is time for real Health Care Reform by dealing with the actual problems not just the symptoms. Congressman Stutzman has Co-Sponsored H.R. 103 the Health Care Choice Act, to place the people in control of their health care decisions and provide better options.

Congressman Stutzman represents the 3rd Congressional District of Indiana. The 3rd District contains all of DeKalb, Kosciusko, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley counties; as well as parts of Allen and Elkhart counties.

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