Susan Brooks

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Susan Brooks
Susan Brooks.jpg
U.S. House, Indiana, District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDan Burton (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$9.67 in 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$3,130,491
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana
2001-2007
Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis
1998-1999
Education
High schoolHomestead High School
Bachelor'sMiami University of Ohio
J.D.Indiana University Indianapolis School of Law
Personal
Date of birthAug. 25, 1960
Place of birthFort Wayne, Indiana
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth(2012) $4,221,522.50
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Susan Brooks campaign logo
Susan Brooks (b. August 25, 1960, in Fort Wayne, IN) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Brooks was elected by voters from Indiana's 5th Congressional District. She was first elected to the U.S. House in 2012.

Brooks ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. Brooks defeated challengers Shawn Denney (D) and John Krom (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1] She won the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014.[2]

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.

Biography

Brooks was born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Brooks' academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 2013-Present: U.S. Representative from Indiana's 5th Congressional District
  • 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
  • 1985: Graduated from Indiana University with a J.D.
  • 1982: Graduated from Miami University with a B.A.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Brooks serves on the following committees:[5]

2013-2014

Brooks served on the following committees:[6][7]

Key votes

114th Congress

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The first session of the 114th Congress has enacted into law 6 out of the 2,616 introduced bills (0.2 percent). Comparatively, the 113th Congress had 1.3 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Brooks's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

Economic and fiscal

2016 Budget proposal

Yea3.png On April 30, 2015, the House voted to approve SConRes11, a congressional budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, by a vote of 226-197. The non-binding resolution will be used to create 12 appropriations bills to fund the government before funding runs out on October 1. All 183 Democrats who voted, voted against the resolution. Brooks voted with 225 other Republicans to approve the bill.[10][11][12]

Foreign Affairs

Iran nuclear deal

Yea3.png On May 14, 2015, the House approved HR 1191 - the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 by a vote of 400-25. The bill requires President Barack Obama to submit the details of a nuclear deal with Iran for congressional review, if negotiators reach a final agreement. Congress will have 30 days to review the deal and vote to approve or disapprove the deal. During the review period, sanctions on Iran cannot be lifted. Brooks voted with 222 other Republican representatives to approve the bill.[13][14]

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[15] For more information pertaining to Brooks's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[16]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Brooks voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS 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.[17]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png 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.[17]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png 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 permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[18] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[17]

NDAA

Yea3.png 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.[17]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png 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.[19] 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.[20][21] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[21] Brooks voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png 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.[22][23] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582-page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[23] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[24] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Brooks voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[22]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png 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.[25] 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.[26] Brooks voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[27]

Yea3.png The shutdown 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 funded 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.[28] 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.[29]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png 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.[17]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png 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.[17]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Yea3.png 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.[17]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Nay3.png 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.[17]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five RepublicansThomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[30] Brooks joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[31][32]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Susan Brooks's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Brooks is a Moderate Conservative. Brooks received a score of 29 percent on social issues and 65 percent on economic issues.[33] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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Elections

2014

See also: Indiana's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Brooks ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014.[2] Susan Brooks won the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Indiana District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Brooks Incumbent 65.2% 105,277
     Democratic Shawn Denney 30.8% 49,756
     Libertarian John Krom 4% 6,407
Total Votes 161,440
Source: Indiana Secretary of State Official Results
U.S. House, Indiana District 5 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Brooks Incumbent 72.7% 34,996
David Stockdale 15.2% 7,327
David Campbell 12% 5,790
Total Votes 48,113
Source: Indiana Division of Elections

2012

See also: Indiana's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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.[34]

U.S. House, Indiana District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Scott Reske 37.6% 125,347
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Brooks 58.4% 194,570
     Libertarian Chard Reid 4% 13,442
Total Votes 333,359
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"
U.S. House, Indiana District 5 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Brooks 30% 31,185
Jack Lugar 4.6% 4,758
John McGoff 22.8% 23,773
David McIntosh 29% 30,175
Jason Anderson 1% 1,036
Bill Salin 0.8% 869
Matthew Mount 0.4% 453
Wayne Seybold 11.4% 11,874
Total Votes 104,123

Endorsements

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.[35] In April 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorsed Brooks in the 5th District race.[36]

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Brooks attended.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Brooks is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Brooks raised a total of $3,130,491 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 15, 2015.[37]

Susan Brooks's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Indiana, District 5) Won $1,689,676
2012 U.S. House (Indiana, District 5) Won $1,440,815
Grand Total Raised $3,130,491


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Brooks won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Brooks' campaign committee raised a total of $1,689,676 and spent $1,018,137.[38] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[39]

Cost per vote

Brooks spent $9.67 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Indiana District 5, 2014 - Susan Brooks Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,689,676
Total Spent $1,018,137
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $6,948
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $6,948
Top contributors to Susan Brooks's campaign committee
Barnes & Thornburg$25,000
Faegre Baker Daniels$23,500
Milestone Contractors$15,600
Ice Miller LLP$15,200
Eli Lilly & Co$13,500
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$96,350
Securities & Investment$66,800
Leadership PACs$63,698
Real Estate$62,850
Health Professionals$56,600

Below are Brooks' FEC reports.[40]


2012

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.[46] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[47]

Cost per vote

Brooks spent $6.50 per vote received in 2012.


Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

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.[48] Between 2011 and 2012, Brooks' calculated net worth[49] decreased by an average of 8 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[50]

Susan Brooks Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$4,602,838
2012$4,221,522
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-8%
Average annual growth:-8%[51]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[52]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Brooks received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.

From 2011-2014, 22.99 percent of Brooks' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[53]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Susan Brooks Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,665,212
Total Spent $1,885,246
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$218,525
Real Estate$103,000
Retired$100,000
Leadership PACs$97,198
Health Professionals$93,950
% total in top industry8.2%
% total in top two industries12.06%
% total in top five industries22.99%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Brooks was a "centrist Republican" as of July 29, 2014.[54]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Brooks missed 5 of 1,104 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.5 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[55]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[56]

Brooks most often votes with:

Brooks least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

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.

2013

Brooks ranked 90th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[57]

2012

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.

2014

Brooks voted with the Republican Party 96.7 percent of the time, which ranked 9th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[58]

2013

Brooks voted with the Republican Party 98 percent of the time, which ranked 29th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[59]

Personal

Brooks currently resides in Carmel, IN, with her husband, David, and two children.[3]

Recent news

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See also

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References

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  49. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  50. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  51. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  52. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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  59. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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