Meet Susan

Susan Brooks has devoted her career — as an attorney, local official, federal prosecutor, economic & workforce development leader, community volunteer and, since January 2013, Congresswoman representing Indiana’s 5th District — to making a difference in our state and nation.

Her extensive experience in the public and private sectors advocating for all Hoosiers, along with her background and skills, serve Hoosiers well as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Ethics Committee and the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, she serves on three Subcommittees on Health, Oversight & Investigations, and Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade. She previously served on the Homeland Security and Education and Workforce Committees.

Before joining Congress, Susan was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Ivy Tech Community College, where she led a statewide effort to enhance job training and placement for Hoosiers. Working with Indiana’s business community, Susan helped develop a trained workforce to attract employers and strengthen the state’s economy.

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In 2001, Susan was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as U.S. Attorney for Indiana’s Southern District. Her service began one month after September 11th. For six years she was the chief federal law enforcement officer for an area covering two-thirds of Indiana. During that time, Susan earned praise from leaders in both parties for battling mortgage fraud, gun violence, drug trafficking, gangs, child exploitation, and identity theft.

Susan served two years as Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis where she focused on public safety and social welfare issues. In addition to oversight of police, fire, and emergency response activities, she represented the City of Indianapolis on many community and government boards and commissions.

Susan has over 13 years of private law practice experience in state and federal courts throughout Indiana. She practiced law in the Government Services Practice Group at Ice Miller and as a criminal defense attorney at McClure, McClure and Kammen.

Susan was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She attended undergraduate college at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and received her J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She lives in Carmel with her husband, David, and is the mother of two young adult children, Jessica and Conner.


U.S. Chamber 2013, 2014, 2015 Spirit of Enterprise Award

IN Chamber 2014 Government Leader of the Year

Nancy A. Maloley Outstanding Public Servant Award from the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series

Nathan Hale Award from the Indiana Reserve Officers Association

Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential Female Republicans 2016

Honorary Doctor of Public Service Degree from Marian University

Honorary Degree from Wabash College

Honorary Associate of Science in College and Community Service from Ivy Tech

Honorary Juris Doctor from IU McKinney Law

Congressional Biosecurity Champion Award from Alliance for Biosecurity

Congressional Leadership Award from Community Anti-Drug Coalitions

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