New Members 2010 - Indiana


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Date of birth: May 16, 1943
Birthplace: Jackson, Mich.
Residence: Indianapolis
Occupation: Attorney
Education: B.A., Wheaton College; J.D., Indiana University School of Law
Previous office held: U.S. Senate
Family: Wife Marsha, three children

Coats punched his return ticket to the U.S. Senate with a victory over Democrat Brad Ellsworth. He honored a term-limits pledge in 1998 and retired from the Senate, taking a job for a time with the D.C. law firm Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand. After his successor, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), announced his retirement in February, Coats was recruited by Republicans to make another run at the seat.

Coats served in the Senate from 1989 to 1999 and compiled a record of bipartisan accomplishment. He supported the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and co-sponsored legislation with Sens. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) to reform Head Start. He and his wife founded the Foundation for American Renewal, a non-profit group to promote faith in God, liberty and compassionate entrepreneurship. In 2001, he was named U.S. ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and worked on the construction of a new embassy in Berlin. Most recently, Coats worked as a lobbyist and adviser at King & Spalding.

Date of birth: Aug. 31, 1976
Birthplace: Sturgis, Mich.
Residence: Howe, Ind.
Occupation: State senator, business owner
Education: Tri-State University; Glen Oaks Community College
Previous office held: State senator
Family: Wife, Christy; two children

Republican Marlin Stutzman cruised to victory over Democrat Thomas Hayhurst to win Indiana’s 3rd district seat. Stutzman will join the House immediately, replacing Republican Mark Souder, who resigned in May after admitting to an extra-marital affair with a staffer.

Stutzman is a fourth-generation Indiana farmer and is the co-owner, along with his father, of Stutzman Farms. He is also the sole owner of Stutzman Farms Trucking. He began his political career in the Indiana State House of Representatives, where he was first elected in 2002 at the age of 26. He later was elected to the Indiana Senate. Stutzman has been deeply involved in mission trips and has traveled to Russia, Mexico, Haiti and Guatemala.

Date of birth: Feb. 9, 1970.
Birthplace: Chicago.
Residence: Indianapolis.
Occupation: Indiana Secretary of State.
Education: B.A., Wabash College; J.D., Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.
Previous office held: Indiana Secretary of State.
Family: Wife Kathy, two children.

Todd Rokita defeated Democratic candidate David Sanders and libertarian candidate John Duncan in the race for Indiana’s 4th Congressional District.

Rokita served as Indiana’s Secretary of State since 2003. He has also served on the board of advisers of the federal Election Assistance Commission. He also served as president of the National Association of Secretaries of State from 2007-2008.

He is fiscally conservative, pro-life and a member of the National Rifle Association.

Date of birth: May 31, 1962
Birthplace: Kincaid, Ill.
Residence: Warrick County, Ind.
Occupation: Heart surgeon
Education: B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Previous office held: None
Family: Wife Kathryn, four children

Bucshon defeated Democrat Trent van Haaften (D) to win Indiana’s 8th congressional district, a seat that was picked off by Democrats in 2006. The race opened up this year after incumbent Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D) announced his campaign for the Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Evan Bayh (D).

Bucshon beat out seven other candidates during the Republican primary. A heart surgeon with no prior political experience, Bucshon campaigned as a fiscal conservative. He has spent most of his career as a cardiothoracic surgeon and as president of Ohio Valley HeartCare.


Date of birth: Aug. 24, 1972
Birthplace: Marion County, Ind.
Residence: Bloomington, Ind.
Occupation: Orange County deputy prosecutor.
Education: B.S., United States Naval Academy; M.A., University of London; M.B.A., University of Chicago; J.D., Indiana University.
Previous office held: Orange County deputy prosecutor.
Family: Wife Jennifer; four children.

Todd Young (R) defeated incumbent Rep. Baron Hill (D), who has represented Indiana’s 9th district for five non-consecutive terms. Young, a former legislative assistant to Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), won his first race for Congress. Young was commissioned as a Marine in 1995 and was honorably discharged in 2000 as a captain.

Young volunteered for Mitch Daniels’s campaign for Indiana governor and also worked as an adjunct professor at Indiana University. Since 2007, Young has served as deputy prosecutor in Orange County. Young campaigned hard against the Democratic healthcare overhaul law and legislation seeking to limit greenhouse gas emissions through a cap-and-trade system.