I am honored to serve House District 19 as your state representative.

Involved Government Service

  • R-Indiana State Representative: District 19, 2 Terms 2015-2018
  • Merrillville Redevelopment Authority: President 2014
  • Merrillville Plan Commission: Member 2002 - 2008, 2010-2012, Vice President 2004, 2005, 2008, Secretary 2006, President 2007, 2011, 2012
  • Merrillville Board of Zoning Appeals: Appointed to Board, served July 1994-December 1997, Chairman 1995, Re-appointed and served 2012
  • Homegrown Leadership Leads to Accomplishment!

    Born, raised and educated in Northwest Indiana, Julie's life experiences, problem solving skills and servant leader attitude make her the best choice as your state representative. The second oldest of 7 children, Julie worked her way through college as a cake decorator at Glen Park Bakery and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University Northwest. Employed at Ad-com Advertising in Crown Point for 9 years, she quickly earned the position of art director. Branching out to start VIA Marketing in 1987, Julie grew the company to 15 employees. In 2007 the recession hit hard and just like most small companies, she learned the pain of letting good employees go. Strength of character is built during hard times. Julie's wisdom, compassion and resilience serve the citizens of Indiana well.


    Endorsed By:

  • Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police
  • National Federation of Indepenent Business (NFIB)
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  • Indiana Right To Life
  • Indiana Farm Bureau AgELECT PAC
  • Successful Small Business Owner!

    Owner and driving force of VIA Marketing, an award winning local marketing communications company. A Women Business Enterprise (WBE certified in 1998) serving Northwest Indiana for over 30 years employing seven professionals. Julie recently joined the Board of Fair Haven, Lake County's rape crisis center. She is currently participating in the United Way's work group to find better child care options for Alice (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed).

    Strong Family and Faith

    Married to Ron Olthoff since 1986. Ron is a union electrician for Land O' Frost for 22 years. Serving as elders for CrossPoint Church and before taking office, Julie was their financial controller (2006-2014). They have participated in 8 mission trips to Argentina and 1 to Brazil and 2 to Panama City, Panama.