Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Restoring Confidence in Congress


I decided to run for Congress in order to restore confidence in Congress and help our body earn back the trust of the American people. Through my work on the House Committee on Ethics, I will have the unique ability to achieve many of these goals and ensure that Members of Congress remember the solemn responsibilities that come from holding their office.

America faces serious issues that require immediate attention by leaders capable of solving big problems. I’ve heard firsthand the frustration Hoosiers feel toward Washington with corruption scandals, the absence of civility, and an unwillingness to put America’s greatest challenges above political bickering. The American public is feeling disillusioned, disheartened, and dissatisfied with Congress members’ unethical and sometimes criminal conduct without consequences.

The only way we can restore the public’s trust and confidence in Congress is to continue to reform Washington and replace the current culture with the highest standard of ethics and accountability – something that Hoosiers and all Americans want and most certainly deserve.

This starts by enacting common sense policies such as preventing insider trading for Members of Congress; prohibiting former Members of Congress from lobbying for six years; enacting congressional term limits; applying healthcare mandates to all Members of Congress; and preventing corrupt politicians from receiving federal pensions. 

More on Restoring Confidence in Congress

Feb 12, 2017 In The News

One hundred years ago during the 65th Congress, Jeannette Rankin was sworn in as the first female member of Congress. A Republican from Montana, Rankin was the first woman to hold national office.

Feb 8, 2017 In The News

My first Women4Change meeting was last night at St. Luke's . There were about 1,500 people there and reservations filled up over a month ago. They looked into getting an alternate place to take in overflow, but logistics proved difficult, so did not. They stressed several times that it was bipartisan, but my guess is at least 90 percent were liberal, probably more. There were several representatives there, and some sent an aide, including Susan Brooks, so at least one Republican. Mayor Joe Hogsett was there and spoke, in addition to a few other introductory speakers.

Feb 1, 2017 News Releases

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Susan Brooks released the following statement is support of President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch:

Jan 18, 2017 In The News

For the past four years, Republicans endured pointed barbs about how the only woman with a House committee gavel was presiding over the fittingly sexist-sounding “housekeeping committee,” the Hill’s nickname for the panel overseeing the Capitol’s internal operations.

Jan 17, 2017 In The News

House Republicans might have ditched a plan to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. But the future of Congress’ only outside ethics review board is far from guaranteed.

The Office of Congressional Ethics, or OCE, has been under fire from both parties since it was created eight years ago. Now the House GOP majority is promising to revisit a potential overhaul before the end of this session, possibly as early as August.

Jan 17, 2017 In The News

ANDERSON — Nearly five decades after Martin Luther King Jr. told students in Cleveland, Ohio, to rise up and say “I am somebody,” a group of 5- and 6-year-olds stood in front of a packed house. The 12 children stood in the middle of the Paramount Theatre stage, faced the sea of adults in front of them and one-by-one, each announced their name followed by, “I am somebody.”

But like those who came before them to fight for equality, their voices were most thunderous when they banded together and declared at the top of their lungs: “We are somebody!”

Jan 6, 2017 In The News

House Republicans did something significant this week that didn’t gain much notice in the press: Rep. Diane Black was named interim Budget Committee chair.

On the face it, perhaps a new committee chair, and an interim, at that, is not noteworthy. But Ms. Black (R., Tenn.), is one of three Republican women serving as committee chairs this term. Together these legislators will not only help shape the debate on critical issues, they’ll help the Republican Party begin to tell a different story than what has been the case historically for women in the House.

Jan 5, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, R-5th District, applauded the removal of proposed reforms to the Office of Congressional Ethics.

The House Republican Conference met Monday night at a closed door meeting and voted 119-74 to approve a package of reforms to the OCE. Following a tweet from President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday that criticized the approval, the HRC reversed the decision.

Communications director for Brooks, Kristen Johnson, said that Brooks voted against the measure on Monday.

Jan 3, 2017 News Releases

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Republican Conference removed an amendment to the House Rules that makes some reforms to the manner in which the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) conducts its work. Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05), incoming Chairwoman of the House Ethics Committee, released the following statement in response. 

Jan 3, 2017 News Releases

Washington, D.C. – Last night, the House Republican Conference adopted an amendment to the House Rules that makes some reforms to the manner in which the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) conducts its work. Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05), incoming Chairwoman of the House Ethics Committee, released the following statement.