WASHINGTON – Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, said Wednesday he hired a federal energy lobbyist and former Statehouse colleague to be his top lieutenant.
Tim Harris, executive director of the Indiana Utility Shareholders Association, will be Stutzmans chief of staff in Washington. Harris was Stutzmans seatmate in the Indiana House before Harris was defeated in 2008. He represented the Marion area.
The trade association, made up of stockholders of investor-owned gas and electric utilities in Indiana including American Electric Power, Duke Energy, NiSource and Vectren, registered Harris to lobby Congress last year and this year on cap-and-trade legislation, carbon emission rules and dividend and capital gains taxes. Harris lobbied Congress only for the Indiana group.