Election: Defeated Scott Reske, D, to succeed Rep. Dan Burton, R, who retired
Born: Aug. 25, 1960; Auburn, Ind.
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Husband, David M. Brooks; two children
Education: Miami U. (Ohio), B.A. 1982 (political science & sociology); Indiana U., Indianapolis, J.D. 1985
Career: Community college administrator; lawyer
Political highlights: Deputy mayor of Indianapolis, 1998-99; U.S. attorney, 2001-07
Susan M. Brooks, R-Ind. (5th District)
Susan W. Brooks will make job creation her top priority and she has the standing to do so, having honed her leadership skills on workforce development issues.
There is a lot of duplication in the workforce system and in the job-training system, says Brooks, who served as senior vice president at Ivy Tech Community College, Indianas largest public post-secondary educational institution. I think it can be a much more effective, efficient system than we currently have.
Brooks also backs efforts to relax regulations, overhaul the tax code, cut medical costs and boost homeland security efforts.
Brooks thinks her well-rounded professional experience prepared her for the challenge of representing a district that encompasses urban neighborhoods, affluent suburbs and farm communities.
What might help make me different is that I do have economic development experience now, combined with national security and criminal justice experience combined with local government, she says.
Given the 5th Districts diverse economy, the Energy and Commerce Committees broad jurisdiction appeals to Brooks. The Education and the Workforce, Homeland Security and Agriculture panels also interest her.
Brooks says she is a committed conservative with experience working through tough challenges with people who disagree.
It is important that we restore some civility to the process, she adds.
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Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.