Indiana Congresswoman Susan Brooks announced this morning she is not running for re-election in 2020.
In an e-mail to supporters, Brooks said…
“This kind of work demands much. You’re never off the clock and there is always more work to be done. With gratitude for all that I’ve accomplished, I believe in term limits and in the power of new talent. At this point in my life, I’m ready to focus on the people who’ve done so much to support and care for me throughout my career: my husband David and our family and our dear friends. I want the kind of schedule where we can visit our children, Jessica and Conner, who’ve made their homes in far-flung corners of our great country. We need greater flexibility to see our parents when their care grows in time and significance. We’re ready for the next chapter, and so, I will retire at the end of my current term in 2020.”
Brooks was elected in 2012 and is one the handful of Republican women serving in the House. She chaired the House Ethics Committee and was instrumental in rewriting the body’s rules on sexual harassment.
Names being circulated as possible candidates to replace Brooks include City-County Council Republican Leader Mike McQuillen, Leah McGrath, Deputy Mayor of Fishers, Mitch Frazier, CEO of Reynold’s Farm Equipment and Surgeon General Jerome Adams.
You can hear Brooks in the Leon-Tailored Audio above. We discuss her time in office, her efforts to recruit more women to run and whether her retirement means Democrats have a chance to pick up her seat.