|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 4, 2014|
|Cost per vote||$6.50 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana|
|Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis|
|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 Key votes
- 4.1 113th Congress
- 4.2 National security
- 4.3 Economy
- 4.4 Immigration
- 4.5 Healthcare
- 4.6 Social issues
- 4.7 Government affairs
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Personal Gain Index
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
Brooks won election on November 6, 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. She won the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014.
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
- 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 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent 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 DHS Appropriations Act (2014) 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 permitted 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 three 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 protected the Affordable Care Act from 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 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. 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.
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 Republicans--Thomas 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. Brooks joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.
On The Issues Vote Match
- 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 34 percent on social issues and 63 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Favors||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Opposes|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Unknown|
|Vouchers for school choice||Favors||Keep God in the public sphere||Unknown|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Unknown|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Unknown|
|Support & expand free trade||Strongly Opposes||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Unknown|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Unknown||Expand the military||Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Strongly Opposes|
|Privatize Social Security||Unknown||Never legalize marijuana||Unknown|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014.|
|U.S. House, Indiana District 5 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Susan Brooks Incumbent||65.2%||105,277|
|Source: Indiana Secretary of State Official Results|
|U.S. House, Indiana District 5 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Susan Brooks Incumbent||72.7%||34,996|
|Source: Indiana Division of Elections|
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.
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 $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|
|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|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$554,735||$205,522||$(129,637)||$630,621|
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|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-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 four different metrics:
- Changes in Net Worth
- The Donation Concentration Metric
- The K-Street Metric
- The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric
PGI: Change in net worth
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. Between 2011 and 2012, Brooks' calculated net worth 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.
|Susan Brooks Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2011 to 2012:||-8%|
|Average annual growth:||-8%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
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.
|Susan Brooks Campaign Contributions|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|% total in top industry||8.2%|
|% total in top two industries||12.06%|
|% total in top five industries||22.99%|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
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.
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:
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.
Brooks ranked 90th in the conservative rankings in 2013.
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.
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.
Brooks voted with the Republican Party 98 percent of the time, which ranked 29th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.
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- Politico, "5 primaries to watch," accessed April 18, 2012
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Indiana," 2012
- ‘’Politico’’, “House Election Results,” accessed November 10, 2014
- Associated Press, "2014 primary results," accessed May 6, 2014
- Susan Brooks for Congress, "Meet Susan," accessed January 27, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
- U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Susan Brooks Key Votes," accessed October 11, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - H.R.624," 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
- New York 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
- U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
- Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
- Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
- On The Issues, "Susan Brooks Vote Match," accessed June 30, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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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
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 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," accessed June 19, 2013
- OpenSecrets, "Brooks, (R-IN), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- 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).
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- 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.
- OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Susan Brooks," accessed September 24, 2014
- GovTrack, "Susan Brooks," accessed July 29, 2014
- GovTrack, "Susan Brooks," accessed July 30, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Susan Brooks," accessed July 30, 2014
- National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 30, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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