FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Senator Dan Coats announced his retirement Tuesday and some names have expressed possible interest in replacing him, including Congressman Marlin Stutzman.
He released a statement Wednesday stating he and his wife “will very seriously consider pursuing a seat in the United States Senate” over the next month.
This wouldn’t be Stutzman’s first time running a bid for this seat. In 2010, Stutzman was a state senator running against Coats. Coats beat Stutzman by more than 51,000 votes. Andy Downs with the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics said since Stutzman has become a congressman, he’s shown some major moves proving he’s ready to move up in Congress.
“He took a shot at a leadership position in the United States House of Representatives earlier,” said Downs. “He’s got some national attention for some things.”
Steve Shine, Allen County Republican Chairman, knows Stutzman has the leadership and experience to take another shot at running for this seat.
“Stutzman has the experience of running a statewide campaign, he has the conservative movement solidly behind him,” Shine said.
Downs said there are other contenders who want to run for this seat, one of them being Eric Holcomb, a former advisor to Governor Mitch Daniels and Senator Coats. He put in his resignation to Coats Wednesday. He will announce his plans for the seat Thursday in Indianapolis.