The district is currently represented by RepublicanJim Banks who succeeded fellow Republican Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman succeeded Mark Souder in a special election in 2010. Souder resigned after admitting his involvement in an affair with a married female member of his congressional staff.
Congressman Marlin Stutzman announced he would not run for reelection and instead campaign for the Republican nomination to succeed retiring Senator Dan Coats. On May 12, 2015 Indiana State SenatorJim Banks announced his intention to run for Indiana's Third Congressional District. Another Indiana State Senator, Liz Brown, also announced she would seek the Republican nomination.
Historically, the district has had a strong Republican lean. It occasionally elected Democrats in the past, but the Democrats have not come close to winning it since 1994. Pockets of Democratic influence exist in Fort Wayne itself, which frequently elects Democratic mayors and occasionally sends Democrats to the state legislature. However, it is nowhere near enough to overcome the overwhelming Republican trend in the rest of the district.
5 Blackford County exists in both the 3rd and 5th Congressional districts. One city, Montpelier, exists in the 3rd congressional district, and one city, Hartford City, exists in the 5th congressional district. One township, Harrison, exists in the 3rd congressional district, and three townships, Washington, Licking, Jackson, exist in the 5th congressional district.
As of January 2017[update], there are four former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 3rd congressional district who are currently living at this time. The most recent representative to die was John Brademas (served 1959-1981) on July 11, 2016.