Susan Brooks

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Susan Brooks
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U.S. House, Indiana, District 5
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorDan Burton (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,440,815
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. Attorney
High schoolHomestead High School
Bachelor'sMiami University of Ohio
J.D.Indiana University Indianapolis School of Law
Date of birthAug. 25, 1960
Place of birthFort Wayne, Indiana
Net worth$4,302,015
Office website
Campaign website
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Susan Brooks (b. Aug. 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.


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.


  • 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


Brooks serves on the following committees:[4]



See also: Indiana's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Brooks ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing 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.[5]

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


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.[6] In April 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorsed Brooks in the 5th district race.[7]

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.[8]

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


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 $1,526,893 and spent $1,016,702.[9]


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 Jan 2013 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[10]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[11]

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


Susan Brooks voted with the Republican Party 98% of the time, which ranked 29th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[12]


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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Burton (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Indiana, District 5
Succeeded by