U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) will not seek a fifth term in Congress. Brooks announced Friday that she will retire at the end of her current term.
She has spent 16 of the last 22 years in some form of public service, and she said she's ready to spend more time with her family. Brooks said in a statement it was time for "new talent" in the 5th District.
“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," Brooks 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.”
Fellow U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) called Brooks in a statement a "mentor and friend."
“Susan Brooks is the best of the best in the Indiana delegation and she will be missed in Congress," Banks said. "As a mentor and friend I have learned so much from her and appreciate all she has done to help me be a better representative.”
Brooks said she's committed to making sure her district remains under Republican control. Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody said in a statement the district has become a top priority for Democrats heading into 2020.
“Congresswoman Brooks’ decision to step aside reaffirms just how quickly the political landscape is shifting toward Hoosier Democrats in places like the Indianapolis suburbs," Zody said.
In 2014, Brooks was recognized by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce as their "Government Leader of the Year."
President and CEO Kevin Brinegar said in a statement: "“Susan Brooks took her vast public and private sector experience to Washington and passionately represented her constituents and all Hoosiers. ... She continued to excel on safety, health, opioid misuse and other priority issues throughout her four terms.”
Brooks is one of 13 Republican women in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was originally elected to the U.S. House of Representative in 2012, following the retirement of former-U.S Rep. Dan Burton.
She previously served as deputy mayor of Indianapolis and U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.