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

Jun 19, 2017 In The News

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Congresswoman Susan Brooks stopped by WISH-TV’s studios to discuss a variety of topics.

Jun 14, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON – No members of Indiana’s Congressional delegation were at Wednesday morning’s baseball practice when a gunman opened fire, but an aide to Vice President Mike Pence was in attendance, according to the vice president’s staff.

Jun 14, 2017 In The News

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh wants to make a difference in the world, beyond sports.

That’s why he was on Capitol Hill today in Washington, D.C., in the Senate Building as the Legal Services Corporation presented its new report about “The Justice Gap: Measuring the Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income Americans.”

In his prepared remarks at the hearing presenting the LSC report, Harbaugh placed the study in his own terms, identifying how difficult it is for low-income individuals to get proper legal representation.


Jun 13, 2017 In The News

The Security Industry Association (SIA), in cooperation with the Congressional School Safety Caucus, will host a critically important panel discussion on "Securing America's K-12 Schools" at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, HVC-201, at 12 p.m. ET on June 28 during its SIA GovSummit public policy conference.

Prior to the panel discussion, Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and other members will provide an update on the Congressional School Safety Caucus, and efforts to bolster federal grant funding for school security initiatives.

Jun 6, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, R- District Five, made it clear to her Grant County constituents this week that treating opioid addictions and mental health issues in the state were still among her top priorities. 

During her trip to Grant County Monday, Brooks met one-on-one with constituents at Ivy Tech Community College, talked with members of Family Service Society, Inc. and toured the Flannery-Keal Home for victims of domestic violence in Grant County.

May 30, 2017 In The News

The House overwhelmingly approved legislation on Thursday led by U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) that would require amateur athletics governing bodies to establish sexual abuse reporting and training procedures in the aftermath of abuse allegations involving USA Gymnastics programs.

May 28, 2017 In The News

INDIANAPOLIS - On this week's edition of IN Focus, CBS4 talks with Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), who speaks for the first time since the firing of former FBI director James Comey.

In the video above, Brooks shares her thoughts on the appointment of a special counsel to manage the investigation into Russian interference, and her take on the President's first trip overseas.

In the video below, CBS4's Matt Smith talks with education secretary Betsy DeVos during her trip to Indianapolis last week.

May 25, 2017 News Releases

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 1973, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act, with a vote of 415-3. This legislation was recently introduced by Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL). This bill requires prompt reporting of suspected cases of abuse, mandatory training, and implementation of policies and procedures for preventing, reporting, and addressing allegations of sexual abuse at amateur athletic governing bodies. S.

May 25, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Angered by allegations that some members of USA Gymnastics were sexually abused, the House overwhelmingly backed legislation on Thursday that requires amateur sports groups recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee to report claims of sexual abuse to police.

The vote was 415-3, with the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., saying the Olympic community clearly had failed to protect its athletes and must do better.