MIDDLEBURY, Ind. — A state lawmaker from northern Indiana is resigning from her seat in the Indiana House over Gov. Holcomb’s coronavirus restrictions.
State Rep. Christy Stutzman’s resignation will take effect Dec. 14, just weeks before the start of business in the 2021 legislative session. Stutzman is upset with the governor saying that he has imposed COVID restrictions without any input from the statehouse.
“With the recent round of new mandatory Covid-related restrictions issued by the Governor, with no input or approval from the members of the General Assembly, our businesses and family have been set back further and I will be required to devote even more attention to helping our business survive into next year,” she said in a statement.
Stutzman’s family, along with other investors, are the ones who purchased Amish Acres in Nappanee earlier this year and reopened it as “The Barns of Nappanee, home of Amish Acres.” She is the wife of former Indiana congressman Marlin Stutzman, who proceeded Rep. Jim Banks in representing Indiana’s third district in the United States House of Representatives.
“It is with a heavy heart that I will be tendering my resignation from my position as State Representative in order to focus on our family and salvage our business and the jobs of those we employ,” said Stutzman. “I know that I am not alone in my deep distress at being forced to make such a decision and I am thankful for the prayers of many friends as I have struggled with this decision.”
“This is not something I had ever thought I would have to do, and hoped would not happen, but with the added burden of trying to keep a business afloat while still fulfilling my role as a wife and mother, I have decided that my family and my employees must come first.”
It’s not clear when the State Republican Party will hold a caucus to fill her seat.