Indiana New Members 2023 | The hill

Congressman-elect Rudy Yakym (R-Ind.-2)

DATE OF BIRTH: February 24, 1984
LOCATION: Granger, Ind.
PROFESSION: Businessman
EDUCATION: BS, Indiana University South Bend; MBA, University of Notre Dame
FAMILY: Wife, Sallyann Yakym; three children

• Rudy Yakym will serve as Congressman for Indiana’s 2nd Circuit after defeating Democratic opponent Paul Steury in a landslide victory. The seat was left open when Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) died in an auto accident in August.

Yakym was campaign finance director for Walorski in 2011 and 2012 and received endorsement from the late congressman’s husband, Dean Swihart.

Yakym describes himself as a family man, businessman and sensible conservative who decided to run because he was fed up with the direction the country was going.

According to Yakym’s campaign website, his legislative priorities include fighting inflation, creating more jobs and helping veterans.

“As we’ve been traveling around the district and hearing from Hoosiers over the last 80 days, the one thing on their minds the most is inflation,” Yakym said in an interview with ABC 57 after the election.

– Camdyn Bruce

Rep. Elect Erin Houchin (R-Ind.-9)

DATE OF BIRTH: September 24, 1976
RESIDENCE: Salem, Ind.
PROFESSION: State Senator
EDUCATION: BA, Indiana University; MA, George Washington University
FAMILY: husband Dustin Houchin; three children

• Erin Houchin is the new congresswoman for Indiana’s 9th Circuit after defeating Democratic challenger Matthew Fyfe. The seat was left open after Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R) decided not to seek re-election.

Houchin may be a freshman in Congress, but she has extensive political experience and has been a state senator since 2014. As a state senator, one of Houchin’s greatest accomplishments was helping pass a broadband initiative that helped improve data speeds across rural Indiana.

Before becoming a senator, Houchin also served as regional director for the then senator. Dan Coats (R), and she was a Governor’s Commissioner for the Indiana Commission for Women.

In an interview with Indiana Public Media, Houchin said inflation is the number one issue on voters’ minds.

“I know they experience it because, as a mother, I feel it too every time we go to the grocery store. So inflation, and spending in Washington that contributes to inflation, is certainly a priority for our constituents in this county,” Houchin said.

– Camdyn Bruce

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