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Susan Brooks
Susan Brooks.jpg
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
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
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$4,221,522.50
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]

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.[3]

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.[4]


  • 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[4]
  • 2001-2007: Appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana[4]
  • 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[4]
  • 1998-1999: Served as Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Brooks serves on the following committees:[5][6]

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[7] For more information pertaining to Brooks's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

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.[9]

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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]


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.[9]


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.[11] 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.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] 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.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] 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.[14]

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.[17] 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.[18] Brooks voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

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 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.[20] 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.[21]


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.[9]


Healthcare 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.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

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.[9]


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 all Congressional members 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 personal issues and 63 percent on economic issues.[22]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[23]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
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.[22] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.



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.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

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


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.[24]

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.[25] In April 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorsed Brooks in the 5th District race.[26]

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.[27]

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


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.[28]


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.[34] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[35]

Cost per vote

Brooks spent $6.50 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
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 personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: 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, 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.[36] Between 2011 and 2012, Brooks' calculated net worth[37] 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.[38]

Susan Brooks Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-8%
Average annual growth:-8%[39]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[40]
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.


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.[41]

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.[42]

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.


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.[43]


Brooks currently resides in Carmel, Indiana, with her husband, David, and two children.[4]

Recent news

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  1. Politico, "5 primaries to watch," accessed April 18, 2012
  2. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Indiana," 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "2014 primary results," accessed May 6, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Susan Brooks for Congress, "Meet Susan," accessed January 27, 2012
  5., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Project Vote Smart, "Susan Brooks Key Votes," accessed October 11, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 On The Issues, "Susan Brooks Vote Match," accessed June 30, 2014
  23. 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.
  24. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named sos
  25. Susan Brooks for Congress, "Endorsements," accessed April 13, 2012
  26. IndyStar, "Indiana's 5th Congressional District: Exit by Dan Burton opens up race," accessed April 25, 2012
  27. Open Secrets, "Susan Brooks," accessed April 7, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Susan Brooks 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 15, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  34. Open Secrets, "Susan Brooks 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  36. OpenSecrets, "Brooks, (R-IN), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  37. 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).
  38. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  39. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  40. 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.
  41. GovTrack, "Susan Brooks," accessed April 1, 2013
  42. OpenCongress, "Rep. Susan Brooks," accessed August 1, 2013
  43. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Burton (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Indiana, District 5
Succeeded by