Alumni Spotlights

Susan L. Brooks, J.D., '85

United States House of Representatives

Susan L.  Brooks, J.D., '85

I hope my experience as an advocate on behalf of Hoosiers can bring people together with different points of view to address great challenges and solve big problems facing Congress, skills I learned in law school and honed in large part throughout my justice-related career.

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Susan Brooks, ’85 was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2012.  She represents Indiana’s 5th Congressional District.

“I ran for Congress because I was concerned about the direction of the country—the escalating debt and stagnant economy impeding job creation for people of all ages and at all levels of education---with no real solutions under serious consideration,” Brooks said.  “I hope my experience as an advocate on behalf of Hoosiers can bring people together with different points of view to address great challenges and solve big problems facing Congress, skills I learned in law school and honed in large part throughout my justice-related career.”

A native of Fort Wayne, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio.  After law school she practiced criminal defense law until 1997.  Brooks served as deputy mayor under Steve Goldsmith from 1998-999.  From there, she moved to the Ice Miller law firm, serving in the government services practice group until 2001.  She was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana by then-President George W. Bush, a position she held from 2001-2007.  Brooks then moved to Ivy Tech Community College, where she became general counsel and senior vice president for workforce development, leaving in 2011 to pursue elected office.