Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Restoring Confidence in Congress

Restoring confidence in Congress has been a goal of mine since the beginning of my Congressional service. The House Committee on Ethics has an important role to play in holding members, officers and staff accountable to the American people and to our colleagues. I have served on this committee since my first term in Congress. The committee is the only one in the House made up of an equal number of members from the Republican and Democrat parties.

This year I was named Chairwoman of the House Committee on Ethics for the 115th Congress. In this position, I am committed to hold our members to a high standard of conduct; to conduct fair investigations into allegations and questions brought before the Committee; and to effectively and transparently communicate the Congressional ethics rules and standards to Members, staff and the American people.

Hearing directly from my constituents is extremely important to me, and ensures that I am able to best represent those living in the Fifth District. I regularly host Connect With Your Congresswoman events throughout the district to meet with small groups and individuals about the issues that matter most to them. These events are in addition to the constituents I meet with at regular meetings, employee town halls and site visits throughout the Fifth District and in D.C. as well as the letters, emails and telephone calls I receive from constituents. I believe that having open lines of communication with your representatives is a critical piece of restoring trust in public officials.

To watch my “What I’m Hearing” video series where I answer common questions I receive from Hoosiers and address top issues, click here and follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.


More on Restoring Confidence in Congress

Nov 21, 2018 In The News

As chairwoman of the U.S. House Ethics Committee, U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) this week led its members in seeking swift passage of a bill to modify the Congressional Accountability Act, which includes protections against sexual harassment for legislative branch employees.

Mar 14, 2018 In The News


VOA’s newest TV program, Plugged in with Greta Van Susteren, marked International Women’s Day with a conversation with Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), chairwoman of the House Ethics Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues. Rep. Brooks discussed initiatives she and other Members of Congress have led to bolster women’s rights in the U.S. and around the world.


Feb 15, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON, DC – A bill aimed to protect children who participate in athletics is now law. 

President Donald J. Trump signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 Wednesday.

Indiana Rep. Susan W. Brooks introduced companion legislation last year with her co-chair of the Congressional Women’s Caucus, Florida Rep. Lois Frankel.

Feb 10, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 -- Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Indiana, issued the following news release:

Today, the House of Representatives passed a bicameral bipartisan budget agreement to keep the government fully operational, boost defense spending, increasing disaster relief funding, support community health centers and provide funding to combat the opioid crisis.

Feb 8, 2018 In The News

At midnight tonight, the Federal government could shut down again unless the House and Senate can agree on a spending measure.

The House passed a spending plan earlier in the week that Fifth District Congresswoman Susan Brooks feels is good for all sides…especially the military, since it includes funding for them through later this year.

But the Congresswoman is worried that there could be changes that could keep the plan from passing.  She says she’s keeping her fingers crossed that both sides can keep the government running.

Jan 22, 2018 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05), member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, issued the following statement after voting to fund the government until February 8, 2018:   

Jan 22, 2018 In The News

ANDERSON – Incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly and two of the Republican challengers seeking to replace him in the U.S. Senate are donating their federal paychecks to charity during the shutdown of the federal government.

In statements released Saturday, Donnelly and Republicans Todd Rokita and Luke Messer announced their intention to forgo their federal salaries.

Jan 20, 2018 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) sent a letter requesting to suspend her pay during the government shutdown and signed onto H.R. 4852, the Pay Our Protectors, Not Our Politicians Act of 2018, introduced by Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ02). 

Jan 20, 2018 Page

H.R. 4852, the Pay Our Protectors, Not Our Politicians Act of 2018, introduced by Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ02).  

For legislative text, click PDF iconhere

Jan 18, 2018 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act, was introduced in the House of Representatives. As an original cosponsor of the legislation, Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) issued the following statement after its introduction: