Meet Susan

Susan Brooks has devoted her career—as an attorney, local official, federal prosecutor, economic & workforce development leader, and community volunteer. Since January 2013, she's been representing Indiana's 5th Congressional District—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, will serve Hoosiers well during the 116th Congress. Susan Brooks has been a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee since 2015, which has the broadest jurisdiction of any congressional authorizing committee, and is active on the Health, Communications and Technology, and Oversight and Investigations subcommittees. In the 115th Congress, she served as the Chairwoman of the House Ethics Committee, making her the first woman in Indiana’s history to lead a congressional committee. During the 114th Congress, Susan served on the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, and she previously served on the Homeland Security and Education and Workforce Committees.

Business & Law Enforcement

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.

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.

Background & Family

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 adult children, Jessica and Conner.