Brooks announces retirement from Congress in 2020


U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks announced June 14 that she will retire from Congress at the end of her fourth term in 2020.

The Carmel resident said she’s ready to spend more time with her family.


“This kind of work demands much. You’re never off the clock and there is always more work to be done,” Brooks stated in a press release. “With gratitude for all that I’ve accomplished, I believe in term limits and in the power of new talent. At this point in my life, I’m ready to focus on the people who’ve done so much to support and care for me throughout my career.”

Brooks has authored eight laws, seven that have been enacted and an eighth awaiting the president’s signature, including legislation to address substance abuse, a bill to offer more mental health support to first responders, reforms to protect young amateur athletes from sexual assault and abuse, and most recently, the reauthorization of the Pandemic All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act to.

To date Brooks and her office have worked on more than 4,000 cases for Fifth District residents, and she plans to continue working hard for her constituents through the end of her term.

“These next 18 months will be bittersweet, and with time still left on the clock, I’ll continue to be a strong voice in Congress for my constituents and home state,” she said. “There’s still a lot of work to do, and Indiana is blessed with gifted, intelligent, committed Republican leaders who have the fresh ideas and energy to tackle these and other challenges on behalf of Hoosiers. Rest assured that I’ll work hard to support our nominee and guarantee a Republican victory in the Fifth District next year.”

First elected to Congress in 2012, Brooks and Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN02) were the first Republican women to serve the state of Indiana in Congress since 1959.


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