Rudy Yakym

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Rudy Yakym
Yakym in 2022
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 2nd district
Assumed office
November 14, 2022
Preceded byJackie Walorski
Personal details
Rudolph Chester Yakym III

(1984-02-24) February 24, 1984 (age 40)
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Sallyann Freet
(m. 2006)
EducationIndiana University South Bend (AS, BS)
University of Notre Dame (MBA)
WebsiteHouse website

Rudolph Chester Yakym III[1] (/ˈjɑːkɪm/ YAH-kim; born February 24, 1984)[2] is an American politician and businessman who is the member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Indiana's 2nd congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life and education

Born in South Bend, Indiana, on February 24, 1984,[3] Yakym earned an associate degree in business and a Bachelor of Science in finance and business administration from the Indiana University South Bend.[4] In 2019, he earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.[5]


In 2010 and 2011, Yakym worked as a sales manager for Omnicity, a broadband company. In 2011 and 2012, he was the Finance Director for Jackie Walorski's congressional campaign.[6] From 2013 to 2019, he was a vice president at the Bradley Company, a commercial real estate business. In 2015, then-Governor Mike Pence nominated Yakym to serve as a member of the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission.[7] Since 2019, Yakym has been the director of growth initiatives at Kem Krest, a logistics and supply chain organization.

U.S. House of Representatives

After Walorski died in a car accident in August 2022, Yakym declared his candidacy in Indiana's 2nd congressional district special election to succeed her. He was selected as the Republican nominee by the district's GOP precinct committee members to serve both the remainder of Walorski's term and a full two-year term beginning in January 2023.[2] Winning the nomination on the first ballot amid a field of 12 candidates, Yakym defeated contenders including former Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill and state representatives Curt Nisly and Christy Stutzman. He defeated the Democratic nominee, Goshen teacher Paul Steury, and Libertarian nominee William Henry in the general election[8] with over 64% of the vote.[9]

Committee assignments

For the 118th Congress:[10]

Personal life

Yakym has been married to his wife, Sallyann Freet, since 2006.[11] She is a teacher at Elkhart Christian Academy.[12] They have three children. He is a practicing Baptist and serves as the head usher at the New Life Baptist Church in Osceola, Indiana.[12]

Electoral history

2022 Indiana's 2nd congressional district special election[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Rudy Yakym 125,222 64.6
Democratic Paul Steury 62,726 32.4
Libertarian William Henry 5,782 3.0
Total votes 193,730 100.0


  1. ^ "2019-05-19 University of Notre Dame Commencement Program" (PDF). University of Notre Dame archives. p. 36. Retrieved November 17, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Rudy Yakym gets GOP nod to replace late US Rep. Walorski". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2022-08-21.
  3. ^ "About". Rudy Yakym. Retrieved 2023-08-06.
  4. ^ "Foundations: A Publication for Alumni & Friends of Indiana University South Bend" (PDF). Indiana University South Bend. 2016.
  5. ^ Notre Dame Law School (2019-09-30). "Public Interest Month 2019: Learn All About Careers in Government and Public Interest". NDLS Posters.
  6. ^ Lurea, Anne (2022-08-20). "Rudy Yakym named GOP congressional nominee". WSBT. Retrieved 2022-08-21.
  7. ^ "King gets new term at election division; Yakym to judicial commission". The Statehouse File. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 2022-08-21.
  8. ^ "Indiana's 2nd congressional district: Democrat Paul Steury". WVPE. November 3, 2022. Retrieved November 9, 2022.
  9. ^ a b "Indiana Second Congressional District Election Results". The New York Times. 8 November 2022. Retrieved November 9, 2022.
  10. ^ "Rudy Yakym III". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved June 14, 2023.
  11. ^ "Rep. Rudy Yakym - R Indiana, 2nd, In Office - Biography | LegiStorm". Retrieved 2023-08-06.
  12. ^ a b "Special Election Rudy Yakym". Retrieved November 9, 2022.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 2nd congressional district

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