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Brooks ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in Indiana, 2012|Indiana's]] [[Indiana's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012|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.<ref name="sos"/>
  
 
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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, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDan Burton (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.50 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,440,815
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. Attorney
2001-2007
Education
High schoolHomestead High School
Bachelor'sMiami University of Ohio
J.D.Indiana University Indianapolis School of Law
Personal
BirthdayAug. 25, 1960
Place of birthFort Wayne, Indiana
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$4,302,015
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Susan Brooks campaign logo
Susan Brooks (b. August 25, 1960, in Fort Wayne, Indiana) 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.

Politico listed the 5th District race as one of the five primaries to watch in 2012.[1]

Brooks won election on November 6, 2012.[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, Indiana. [3]

Education: [3]

  • Homestead High School
  • Miami University of Ohio, B.A.
  • Indiana University Indianapolis School of Law, J.D.

Career

  • 2007-Present: Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Ivy Tech Community College[3]
  • 2001-2007: Appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana[3]
  • 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 [3]
  • 1998-1999: Served as Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Brooks serves on the following committees:[4]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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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.[5] For more information pertaining to Brooks's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" 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.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[9] 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.[10] Brooks voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

Voted "Yes" 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.[12] 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.[13]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Brooks voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care 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.[7]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" 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.[7]

Previous congressional sessions

Elections

2014

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

Brooks is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.[14]

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.[15] In April 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorsed Brooks in the 5th District race.[16]

Campaign donors

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.[17]

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

2014

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.[18]


Susan Brooks (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]June 23, 2013$175,121.52$152,528.99$(80,290.74)$247,359.77
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2013$247,359.77$219,494.09$(56,407.30)$407,946.56
October Quarterly[21]October 13, 2013$407,946.56$207,405.00$(107,258.72)$508,092.84
Year-end[22]January 31, 2014$508,092$130,800$(84,157)$554,735
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2014$554,735$205,522$(129,637)$630,621
Running totals
$915,750.08$(457,750.76)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Brooks's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[24] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[25]

Cost per vote

Brooks spent $6.50 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

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

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.[26]

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.[27]

Brooks most often votes with:

Brooks least often votes with:

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Brooks' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,694,031 and $6,910,000. That averages to $4,302,015, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.[28]

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.

2012

Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.

Voting with party

2013

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.[29]

Personal

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

Recent news

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References

  1. Politico "5 primaries to watch" Accessed April 18, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 Election Map, Indiana"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Susan Brooks for Congress "Meet Susan" Accessed January 27, 2012
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Project Votesmart, "Susan Brooks Key Votes," accessed October 11, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named sos
  15. Susan Brooks for Congress "Endorsements" Accessed April 13, 2012
  16. IndyStar "Indiana's 5th Congressional District: Exit by Dan Burton opens up race" Accessed April 25, 2012
  17. Open Secrets "Susan Brooks" Accessed April 7, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "Susan Brooks 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 15, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  24. Open Secrets "Susan Brooks 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  25. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  26. GovTrack, "Susan Brooks," Accessed April 1, 2013
  27. OpenCongress, "Rep. Susan Brooks," Accessed August 1, 2013
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Brooks (R-Ind), 2011"
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Burton (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Indiana, District 5
2013-Present
Succeeded by
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