|U.S. House, Indiana, District 5|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Dan Burton (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$6.50 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next primary||May 6, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Homestead High School|
|Bachelor's||Miami University of Ohio|
|J.D.||Indiana University Indianapolis School of Law|
|Birthday||Aug. 25, 1960|
|Place of birth||Fort Wayne, Indiana|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Brooks won election on November 6, 2012.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Brooks is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.
- Homestead High School
- Miami University of Ohio, B.A.
- Indiana University Indianapolis School of Law, J.D.
- 2007-Present: Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Ivy Tech Community College
- 2001-2007: Appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana
- 1999-2001: Practiced law at the Indianapolis law firm of Ice Miller in the Government Services Practice Group, Criminal defense attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of McClure, McClure and Kammen
- 1998-1999: Served as Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis
Brooks serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions
- Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
- Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education
- Committee on Ethics
- Committee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications Chair
- Subcommittee on Transportation Security
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Brooks's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Brooks voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Brooks voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Brooks voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
Brooks voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill. The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Brooks voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.
On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Brooks voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Brooks voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Brooks voted for HR 2775.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Brooks voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Healthcare Reform Rules
Brooks voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act
Brooks voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.
Brooks voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.
Previous congressional sessions
Brooks ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Indiana's 5th District. Brooks defeated Jack Lugar, John McGoff, David McIntosh, Jason Anderson, Bill Salin, Matthew Mount, and Wayne Seybold in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Scott Reske in the November 6 general election.
|U.S. House, Indiana District 5 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"|
Brooks received endorsements from Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman, former U.S. Attorney and Assistant U.S. Attorney General Deborah J. Daniels, former Indiana Republican Party Chairman Rex Early, and former Indiana Republican Party Chairman and Indiana State Senator Murray Clark, as well as numerous county and city endorsements. In April 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorsed Brooks in the 5th District race.
Comprehensive donor information for Brooks is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Brooks raised a total of $1,440,815 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.
|Susan Brooks's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (Indiana, District 5)||$1,440,815|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,440,815|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Brooks's reports.
|Susan Brooks (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||June 23, 2013||$175,121.52||$152,528.99||$(80,290.74)||$247,359.77|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$247,359.77||$219,494.09||$(56,407.30)||$407,946.56|
|October Quarterly||October 13, 2013||$407,946.56||$207,405.00||$(107,258.72)||$508,092.84|
|Year-end||January 31, 2014||$508,092||$130,800||$(84,157)||$554,735|
Brooks won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Brooks's campaign committee raised a total of $1,440,815 and spent $1,265,519. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Brooks spent $6.50 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Indiana District 5, 2012 - Susan Brooks Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,440,815|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,265,519|
|Top contributors to Susan Brooks's campaign committee|
|Eli Lilly & Co||$28,591|
|Barnes & Thornburg||$25,500|
|Ice Miller LLP||$21,650|
|Faegre Baker Daniels||$18,550|
|Krieg Devault LLP||$13,550|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Brooks missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Brooks most often votes with:
Brooks least often votes with:
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Brooks's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,587,045 and $6,856,000. That averages to $4,221,522.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Brooks ranked as the 87th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Susan Brooks Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||% Difference from previous year|
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.
Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Susan Brooks has voted with the Republican Party 98% of the time, which ranked 29th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Susan + Brooks + Indiana + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Indiana's richest federal lawmaker? Dan Coats - Indianapolis Star
- Donnelly claims the center, and GovTrack agrees - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
- House GOP Women Gamble in Florida Special - Roll Call
- GOP Leadership Tees Up Immigration for Retreat - Roll Call (blog)
- GOP Men Debate Anti-Abortion Bill As Female Colleagues Protest In The Hallway - Huffington Post
- No Hope for NSA Change - Daily Beast
- Filing Opens for May Primary - 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis
- Roby Takes Sides in Florida Special - Roll Call
- Why Are Girl Scout Camps Being Closed? - Daily Beast
- The GOP Won't Raise Your Taxes, Unless You're A Woman And You Want An ... - Huffington Post
- United States congressional delegations from Indiana
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- United States House of Representatives elections, 2014
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- Media coverage:
- Politico "5 primaries to watch" Accessed April 18, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Indiana"
- Susan Brooks for Congress "Meet Susan" Accessed January 27, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," December 9, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "Susan Brooks Key Votes," accessed October 11, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
- NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
- CNN.com "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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- Susan Brooks for Congress "Endorsements" Accessed April 13, 2012
- IndyStar "Indiana's 5th Congressional District: Exit by Dan Burton opens up race" Accessed April 25, 2012
- Open Secrets "Susan Brooks" Accessed April 7, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Susan Brooks 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 15, 2014
- Open Secrets "Susan Brooks 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- GovTrack, "Susan Brooks," Accessed April 1, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Susan Brooks," Accessed August 1, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Brooks, (R-IN), 2012"
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
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