Indiana 5th Congressional District

US Sen. Braun's Brother Suspends 5th District Campaign

Oct 8, 2019

The brother of Indiana US Senator Mike Braun is suspending his campaign for the 5th District Congressional seat because of an unnamed health issue.

In a written statement today, Steve Braun says he is “both frustrated and disappointed” to suspend his campaign.  The Republican filed his paperwork to run in 2020 in August.

Emily Cox / WFYI

Democrat Dee Thornton is running for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. She kicked off her campaign Monday.

Thornton ran against Republican Susan Brooks in the 5th District in 2018, and got nearly 44% of the vote as a first time candidate. It was the best showing for a Democrat since the district was drawn in 2002.

Thornton says her top priorities haven’t changed much since last year.

Christina Hale Announces Run For Congress

Jul 12, 2019

Former Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Christina Hale announced Thursday she’s running for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. Hale is the second Democrat to throw their hat in the ring since incumbent Republican Susan Brooks announced she wouldn’t seek re-election.

Hale served in the General Assembly from 2012 until 2016, when she ran for lieutenant governor.

She will face Democrat Dee Thornton in the primary. Thornton will officially announce her candidacy on July 15. Hale says her political background sets her apart from her primary opponent.

Todd Rokita / http://rokita.house.gov/serving-you

U.S. Representatives Todd Rokita and Susan Brooks will seek to officially return to their congressional races Saturday.

Precinct committeemen in the 4th and 5th districts will meet to fill ballot vacancies created when Brooks and Rokita sought to replace Mike Pence on the GOP's gubernatorial ballot.

Immediately after Eric Holcomb became the nominee for governor, Rokita and Brooks announced their intentions to return to their reelection campaigns.

Courtesy U.S. Congress

Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-5th) is finishing her freshman term in Congress and is favored to win a second in next week’s election. She says she went to Washington to help Congress’ image, but the job was all but insurmountable -- the institution remains as unpopular as ever.

WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski sat down with Brooks recently to talk about whether there’s any way to get the public believing in national politics again, especially if Republicans take control of the Senate.

Congressman Dan Burton will not run for reelection in the 5th Congressional District.  He made his announcement on the floor of the Indiana House Tuesday. 

 

Burton has served in Congress since 1983, but earlier in his career he held seats in both the state House and Senate.  He says he wanted to announce his decision not to run again at the place where his political career began.

Looking back at his career, Burton says he’s been proud of his work as a legislator.