Republicans across the country are basking in Tuesday night's big win. The GOP took back the House and made gains in the Senate.
After just three hours of sleep Tuesday night, Stutzman has a slew of decisions to make as he prepares to become the third district's next congressman in just days. Stutzman will take over the current house term which was vacated by former Rep. Mark Souder.
“There's not a whole lot of rest for us,” said Stutzman.
Stutzman has to hire a staff, open several offices, get situated, and start voting.
“It'll be a busy next couple of weeks, but we're excited about it,” said Stutzman.
On top of all that, Stutzman has to move his wife and two boys to
“I need to be with them, and they need to be with me,” said Stutzman. “As a dad and a husband, my family is my first responsibility.”
It's a good time to be a Republican congressman as the GOP picked up dozens of seats in the house. But with Democrats still running the Senate and the White House, it could be a formula for gridlock. How much will get done?
Stutzman expects, quite a bit.
“I’m sure there's a lot of Democrats in the Senate who are saying, I'm up for re-election in 2012. Do I want to run on the health care bill? Do I want to run on the stimulus package?” said Stutzman.
As Stutzman looks ahead to the issues Congress will tackle during the next two years, he promises he will not back down on the central theme of his campaign.
“We should look to cut spending to fix our problems, not to look to the American taxpayer for more money,” said Stutzman.
Stutzman is expected to be officially sworn in to the House of Representatives in about two weeks, after Congress goes back in session.