Susan Brooks

Susan Brooks


Brooks Statement on New Clinton FBI Documents


Carmel, Ind. - Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN) released the following statement in response to new documents released under a Freedom of Information Act request related to the FBI investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server:

"We've known for some time that Secretary Clinton deceived the American people. Yesterday's report of a top State Department official, who remains employed there today, negotiating with the FBI to change the classification of information Clinton had on her private unsecure server in return for completely unrelated FBI resources smacks of corruption. Yesterday, we saw, once again, the lengths that the Administration and Secretary Clinton's State Department will go to cover-up her mishandling of classified information and continue the culture of deception that characterized Secretary Clinton's State Department."

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Legislators speak at chamber luncheon


Five Indiana legislators and an Indiana congresswoman participated in a Zionsville Chamber of Commerce luncheon and business expo Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Golf Club of Indiana. The annual event allows local business people to connect and network with one another and listen to a panel of speakers about issues that affect them.

The panel included Indiana State Representatives Donna Schaibley (R-Dist. 24) and Dr. Tim Brown (R-Dist. 41); and State Senators Phil Boots (R- Dist. 23), Brandt Hershman (R-Dist. 7) and Mike Delph (R-Dist. 29). Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-5th District) also participated in the event.

"It was a wonderful and successful event, with great panelists and attendees," said Diane Schultz, director of member services and interim executive director for the chamber.

About 120 people attended the luncheon, where 20 expo booths representing a variety of businesses and industries were set up around the perimeter of the banquet room.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.
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Inside Methodist's new 'Ebola unit'


Indiana University Health unveils its special pathogens unit, designed to fight exotic, highly contagious diseases.

(Photo: Matt Kryger/IndyStar)

The patient sat swathed in protective gear, only her eyes peeking out above her face mask. Nurses swarmed around her, garbed from head to toe in zombie-like suits. Packs on their backs filtered the air they breathed. The patient clutched a pink basin encased in a plastic bag lest nausea overcome her.

The group raced through IU Health Methodist Hospital, down an empty, remote corridor into a locked elevator and up to the sixth floor, where they reached the hospital’s Special Pathogens Unit, thought to be the only such facility in the state.

Born out of the Ebola epidemic two years ago, the unit represents state-of-the-art care for patients who have or are suspected of having highly infectious, relatively rare diseases such as Ebola, Lassa fever, SARS or even bioterrorism. The hospital opened the one-room unit in January 2015 but Tuesday unveiled it to the media and public officials, who watched a drill unfold.

“The idea is to be ready,” said Dr. Douglas Webb, medical director for infection control for IU Health. “This is a result of … trying to prepare for the possibility that any of the major hospitals around the county could see a highly infectious contagious patient.”

In the summer of 2015, the facility saw two patients, each for about three to four days, long enough to ascertain they had malaria, not Ebola, Webb said.

When IU Health started contemplating such a unit in 2014, only four such sites existed nationwide, including one at the National Institutes of Health and one atEmory University Hospital in Atlanta. That's where IU School of Medicine alum Dr. Kent Brantly went to recover after contracting Ebola while working as a medical missionary in Liberia.

Since then, about 40 to 50 hospitals have created units designed to handle such cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has certified the IU Health unit as an assessment center, but the facility also is capable of treating these diseases, Webb said.

A hospital in Nebraska has the largest such unit, with capacity for 10 patients. Most such units, however, have space for only a few patients, and most sit idle for months or even years between suspected cases.

Renovating the space for Methodist’s unit, where the room is under negative pressure to keep pathogens from escaping, cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, Webb said.

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks praised IU Health’s efforts Tuesday before watching a drill of how it could operate in a crisis.

IU Health infectious disease experts are ready in case
IU Health infectious disease experts are ready in case that a highly contagious disease such as SARS or Ebola comes to Indiana. Paramedics, nurses and doctors are part of the hospital’s new special pathogens unit, specially designed in the wake of the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic. IU Health Methodist hospital is now capalbe to care for a patient with Ebola or a similar disease.  
“We as a country have really not taken biological threats as seriously as we should be taking them,” she said. “I think they (IU Health) will be a national model.”

For now, IU Health wants to make sure it’s ready, training about 20 staff members in how to handle such concerns.

On Tuesday, the simulation kicked off with the arrival of an actor pretending to be a student suffering symptoms consistent with Lassa fever, a viral hemorrhagic illness that occurs in West Africa. The student had recently returned from Nigeria, which in the past year has seen an outbreak of nearly 275 cases of that disease.

She arrived in an ambulance, and staff whisked her to the unit. Had the drill been real, a team of hospital environmental specialists — also dressed in protective gear — would have swooshed behind, cleaning everything in the patient’s wake. Once the patient entered the room, anyone who went in would have to exit through a rear door.

Red tape on the floor marks the no-return line for those stepping through double doors. The only time both sets of doors open is to allow a patient to enter.

The staff wore suits equipped with air-purifying respirators, mobile air filters that provide the wearer with a constant flow of clean air through a hose.

Everything that could have had contact with the patient’s germs is decontaminated, including the vials that hold the blood the nurses draw to test for disease. The nurses double-bag the vials and wipe the plastic bag with bleach. When the vials reach the lab, the staff don personal protective equipment of their own and study the samples under a special hood.

Nurses tending to the patient will spend no more than two hours at a time encased in the protective suits. Although the suits can be put on relatively quickly, taking them off requires attention and time.

A trained observer watches over video as the two nurses carefully remove the clothing, including multiple pairs of gloves. One missed step could prove fatal.

“It’s like peeling an onion layer by layer,” said Stephen Kitts, a nurse on the unit.

One of the most expensive costs of operating such a unit is disposing of the potentially toxic waste it produces, said Dr. Bryan Schmitt, IU Health clinical pathologist. Little touches abound, such as lining vomit basins with kitty litter-like material so that if the patient is sick, the waste is more solid. The hospital stores the waste until a diagnosis is reached because it must use a special vendor certified to remove the most highly toxic detritus.

Health care workers’ safety is taken into account at every step.

“There’s a need for a unit like this. I don’t think there needs to be a lot of them,” Webb said. “We just want to try to recognize these unusual diseases of having this property of being highly contagious and very lethal.”

Call IndyStar reporter Shari Rudavsky at (317) 444-6354. Follow her onTwitter: @srudavsky.

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Indiana Farm Bureau Names Brooks and Bucshon a ‘Friend of Farm Bureau’


Indiana Farm Bureau will be presenting Representative Susan Brooks with a Friend of Farm Bureau award at Evermilk Logistics, an agribusiness in Anderson focused on milk product transportation.

Friend of Farm Bureau awards are presented to federal lawmakers who have demonstrated support for policies that foster a positive climate for agriculture and rural communities. 

Receiving that award is separate from receiving an endorsement from the Indiana Farm Bureau ELECT PAC.

The award will be presented Oct. 7 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Anderson.

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AG Zoeller announces additional grant for training, equipping first responders with Naloxone


INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Attorney General’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force will distribute an additional $400,000 grant to equip first responders with naloxone, the fast-acting antidote for people who have overdosed on prescription opioids or heroin.

Last January, Zoeller awarded an initial grant to Overdose Lifeline, Inc., the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and the Indiana State Police in response to the growing overdose epidemic throughout Indiana. The grant allowed the organizations to purchase nearly 7,500 kits. More than 5,000 kits have already been distributed to first responders to at least 45 counties statewide, and has resulted in at least 90 lives being saved since the program began.

“I’m proud of the men and women in law enforcement who have always been there to serve and protect us, but now take on this new role of saving lives as first responder during this opioid epidemic,” Attorney General Greg Zoeller said. “It’s up to all of us to find ways to become involved and seek solutions to this public health crisis that is devastating lives across Indiana.”

The new grant will be administered by the nonprofit organization, Overdose Lifeline, Inc., a main provider of naloxone training and kits. Overdose Lifeline will expand efforts and prioritize counties that have not received initial kits and high risk counties. The Naloxone kits distributed are in the form of a nasal spray sold as Narcan, the brand name for naloxone, and work by reversing the effects of an overdose of heroin or other opiates.

“High-risk individuals are more vulnerable than ever to increasing numbers of overdoses on the new form of heroin laced with fentanyl. This synthetic drug has increased heroin’s potency by 30- to 50 times and now is the time to strengthen our state’s response to this epidemic.” Zoeller added.

Zoeller was joined by Justin Phillips the founder and president of Overdose Lifeline. She formed the nonprofit following the death of her 20-year-old son, Aaron, to a heroin overdose, three years ago this coming weekend.

“Overdose Lifeline’s primary goal is to have naloxone available for anyone to have in their hands and use it with those at risk of overdosing from opioids,” said Justin Phillips, founder/president of Overdose Lifeline. “If just one young life is saved by a first responder administering naloxone, then our efforts are worth it.”

In 2015, Aaron’s Law was passed, which allows for layperson access to Naloxone. For more information on Overdose Lifeline and resources available, please visit here.

The naloxone grant program is paid for with settlement funds received by the Office of The Indiana Attorney General for off-label and deceptive marketing by pharmaceutical companies.

7th Annual Drug Abuse & Heroin Symposium

Attorney General Greg Zoeller, creator and co-chair of the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, will host the 7th-annual Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium on Oct. 13-14. Space is still available and the public can register here.

This year’s symposium, titled “Rebuilding the Hoosier Heartland”, offers sessions on arming communities with strategies for curtailing abuse and providing treatment.

The symposium will for the first time focus on heroin abuse and how to reduce its supply. Special guests at the symposium include Congresswoman Susan Brooks, Attorney General of the State of Puebla, Mexico Victor Carrancá Bourget, and this year’s keynote speaker Sam Quinones, author of the book, Dreamland.

Sam Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, former LA Times reporter, and author of three acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction.

Visit for more information about the Attorney General’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, naloxone expansion efforts and other responses to the state’s opioid overdose crisis.

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Drug issues continue to plague communities


Over 60 people gathered for the Critical Issues Community Forum: The Heroin Crisis Sept. 29 at Ivy Tech Community College.

The event, which was sponsored by the Batesville Rotary Club, Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, The Herald-Tribune, Margaret Mary Health and Ivy Tech, allowed participants to hear what was going on regarding the heroin issue at the local, state and federal levels.

Mike Kruse, Rotary District 6580 assistant governor, explained how this forum came about: "In October 2015, the Batesville Rotary Club invited state Rep. Cindy Ziemke to talk to our group and community members about what was happening in the Legislature .... She also talked about how heroin affected her family ... (and) encouraged us to promote community discussions" concerning this issue.


Batesville Police Chief Stan Holt reported, "About five years ago, we realized we had a problem here in Batesville with heroin. We noticed it in traffic stops, and it surprised us because we never saw that before. In 2011, we were also shocked to see that surveys done in the schools showed that some students were doing heroin. We started pulling together a small group for a (drug-free) coalition.

"Within just a few weeks after that, I got a phone call about a young girl (Cierra Adams) who had died from a heroin overdose .... Then we started hearing of other heroin overdoses on the outskirts of town.

"You talk about going into a little panic .... I looked at it as what is law enforcement going to do? One of the first things we did as a police department was we started getting the training on drug enforcement. We already had good partnerships with the Indiana State Police and county sheriff's departments. I took one of my guys and had him work with the state police.

"With the overdose of this 18-year-old girl, we started getting tips in our department. Everyone wanted to help as much as they could. We arrested 15 local drug dealers in that first year going undercover with the state police. These big drug dealers were high school graduates who just graduated the year before .... I gave my cell phone number to any family members who were having trouble with their kids. I was getting calls late at night from parents crying and saying they didn't know what to do .... We realized this is a community problem, not just a law enforcement problem.

"I wanted something to happen quickly .... I went through spells asking 'why do we have the drug-free coalition because we're not doing anything?'

"As time went on, we had more people coming to the table (from local entities). The schools were putting on programs about alcohol and gateway drugs education ... Margaret Mary Health began funding Narcan for our officers, and they continue to fund this program .... We began to see that the coalition was making progress."

Holt noted, "We continue to have drug investigations going on .... (Individuals) go to jail and bond out, and we see the same faces over and over again.

"The key is treatment," he stressed. "We've got families here in this community who are sending loved ones to Florida, California, Kentucky ... to try to find the best treatment centers ....

"We believe the drugs are funnelled into our community from Cincinnati .... We have a local state trooper who's on a national drug task force, and it's very common for him to say, 'The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) is working on a case out of Chicago. Can we use your dog (K-9 Jinx)?' .... Our K-9 program was started in 2011 and was fully funded by the community."

The chief said, "We work with the prosecutors in both counties (Franklin and Ripley) ... but the one we work with the most is (Ripley County's) Ric Hertel.

"A few months ago, we discussed how to go after a dealer in Cincinnati ... Our plan was to get an informant who works with us to go to Cincinnati and and work with the drug task force over there so we can get (the dealer on a) charge of conspiracy to transport drugs across state lines. (Please see story in Oct. 7 issue.)

"In Ohio, those dealers' sentences are so much lower, about four years, compared to 30-40 years in Indiana. That's the message we want to send back to them .... If our people go over to deal and get caught, they will spend their lives in jail."

Holt emphasized, "We believe our efforts are paying off .... We will aggressively continue doing everything we can .... How can the regular citizen help? If you see something that doesn't look right, report it immediately."

State level legislative update

State Sen. Jean Leising reported, "This drug problem has crossed all levels of income .... We have to realize that we have to work together with law enforcement, prosecutors and state level people ....

"My interest peaked when I realized Fayette County, Connersville, had a serious, serious problem. Not only did they have a heroin problem, they had a hepatitis C problem, and their jail was overflowing."

She said Senate Enrolled Act 187 requires pharmacies to have a standing order for opioid overdose intervention drugs such as naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, which block the effects of opioids, stopping the overdose. "It gives access to Narcan to any individual."

Leising admitted she was a little skeptical about this at first, thinking, "Doesn't that encourage somebody to do drugs?" However, someone said to me, 'What if it was your brother's kids? Would you want to have them live or die?'"

"The missing component is treatment. What can we do for that person whose life was saved?" SEA 297 requires more regulation for opioid treatment centers to ensure they operate in a reputable way. Researchers have found that medication like methadone, which is used to reduce withdrawal symptoms of opioid addictions like heroin, can be extremely addictive. By having these treatment centers accept Medicaid and the Healthy Indiana Plan, more oversight on the integrity of their operations can be provided.

House Enrolled Act 1347 "requires Medicaid to assist in mental health and addiction counseling. That is a good direction."

She revealed, "Everyone tells me ... detox is so horrible. It's tough for jails to deal with or people at home." There is a totally different concept, a device called the Neuro-Stims Systems Bridge, which attaches to the ear, which helps reduce the pain of going off drugs. "This device has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for pain control, but not for drug detox."

The senator also revealed two acts of legislation that target drug dealers:

• SEA 290 closes a loophole that allowed some drug traffickers to escape drug-dealing charges by being charged with the lesser crime of drug possession. It specifies that if a person possesses a large amount of drugs, he or she can be charged and convicted for drug dealing based solely on the amount of drugs in his or her possession

• HEA 1235 institutes mandatory minimum sentences for the worst meth and heroin dealers.

"We've got to get those big, bad guys off the street," she pointed out.

"I was in favor of the Syringe Exchange Program," a public health strategy that offers drug users clean needles to prevent the spread of hep C and HIV. "Only six counties (Clark, Fayette, Madison, Monroe, Scott and Wayne) have been approved to operate SEPs."

To be put in place, the Indiana State Department of Health commissioner must declare a public health emergency in a county, city or town. The declaration cannot last more than one year, but can be renewed by the commissioner if the emergency continues.

Leising stressed, "For anyone who doesn't think there is a problem here (in southeastern Indiana), there is."

Federal level

Melanie Douglas, regional director for U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly's southeastern Indiana Office, Jeffersonville, reported, "For more than two years, Senator Donnelly has been working to address heroin and opioid use .... He and Sen. Susan Brooks have held two roundtables on the opioid abuse epidemic. The first was in September 2015 with federal, state and local public health officials, doctors and pharmacists to discuss the role providers play in helping to address the opioid abuse problem. The second was in April 2016 with Indiana University School of Medicine doctors, professors, faculty and medical residents to learn more about IUSM’s efforts to educate and train medical students, residents and current physicians on best prescribing practices, pain management, substance abuse and treating addiction.

"In June 2016, he held a roundtable in northwest Indiana focused on drug abuse prevention efforts with federal, state and local officials to discuss federal and local partnerships and programs that are at work."

He also worked on CARA, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which will provide states and local communities with important tools to prevent and treat drug addiction and support individuals in recovery, she said.

According to a Fairbanks Foundation study, "opioid overdose deaths cost Indiana $1.4 billion in 2014 related to medical costs and lost lifetime earnings.

"As a community, we continue to be affected by heroin and the opioid epidemic, and it will take all of us working together to solve this problem," Douglas emphasized.

Diane Raver can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.

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U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks visits YMCA Child Care Development Center


KOKOMO - U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks visited Kokomo Tuesday and toured the YMCA Child Care Development Center.

Brooks, R-5th District, visited the center as part of a congressional initiative to offer quality, affordable child care to working families, especially those in poverty.

Brooks met with YMCA Director Dave Dubois, Senior Program Director Ikeia Prince and Child Care Director Christie Tate.

As they toured the center, Brooks talked about her personal experience with child care. Her children are now in their 20s, she said, and it’s been awhile since she’s been in an early childhood education center like the YMCA’s.

Tate talked about some of the ways the center encourages students to learn. In the infant room, which can hold up to 10 babies, cribs are adorned with signs showing who can roll over on their own.

In a class full of two-year-olds Tuesday, the children fed themselves yogurt, and the staff talked about how they focus on developing motor skills and muscle control.

“Did you put that puzzle together?” Brooks asked students in a pre-K classroom.

“Yeah. All by ourselves.” one student said excitedly.

Brooks asked Tate, Dubois and Prince several questions about the center and child care in the Kokomo area. She wanted to know whether there are enough centers to meet the needs of area families. 

Tate said there are several different options, including licensed facilities like the YMCA’s, in-home care and ministry centers, and she stressed that different families have different needs and price ranges.

The YMCA center costs $160 a week, but about 50 percent of families receive some type of assistance or pay no fees at all, Tate said. Their ability to offer assistance depends on funding from the Child Care Development Fund, a federal program that assists low-income families in getting child care.

Parents who receive vouchers from the Children’s Bureau for a child to attend the center have to meet various requirements, Tate said, including one stating their child must be present at the center at least 20 hours a week.

Tate said she and her staff try to help families as much as possible. If she knows a family needs assistance with clothing or groceries, she has a list of resources, such as The Salvation Army or Kokomo Urban Outreach, to share with families. Helping families is a way to help the kids, she said.

“If we’re taking care of the parents, we’re taking care of the kids,” she said.

Dubois said the YMCA also offers a number of resources for families, and they never turn anyone away because they can’t afford it, he said.

“I’m a big fan of the Y,” Brooks added.

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March across bridge a sign of unity


ANDERSON – More than 150 people from across the city’s religious and racial lines marched across the Eisenhower Bridge as one in a show of unity Saturday morning.

The Reconciliation March was a nod to an event just 51 years ago when civil rights protesters were beaten and bloodied trying to cross a bridge in Selma, Alabama. The march was later called “Bloody Sunday.”

“They were never able to walk across that bridge in Selma until everyone came together,” said the Rev. Anthony Harris, who organized the event that started at the Anderson City Building and proceeded east on Eighth Street to Athletic Park for prayer.

The march was the realization of a dream Harris had to see people of faith marching with police and community leaders of all races and cultures come together to unite under the banner of peace, particularly in a time when there is so much strife in the world, he said.

“This should happen every day, but with what’s happening now, it’s going to be a special time,” he said.

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, R-5th District, said she “invited" herself to the march because she wanted to hold up a community that can work together in unity. She urged the community members to follow the example of the religious leaders and officers who took part in the march.

“I have seen firsthand in Indianapolis in the 1990s what good things can happen when the faith community and law enforcement comes together,” she said. “That’s what good citizens do.”

Bill Thompson, president of the Christian Clergy Association of Anderson, said the event was also a way to show support for the police department in Anderson in the wake of riots that have broken out across the country following police action shootings.

The walk was meant as a preemptive step to show solidarity in case a similar situation were to happen in Anderson.

“I felt it was important that if something happens here we are already together and that may let us know we are together and that (rioting and fighting) won’t happen,” Thompson said.

Brooks touched on the topic as well in her opening speech.

“I believe in this community,” she said. “I believe if something happens here we won’t see the violent protests in this community because of you. You can be a model for other communities.”

For Rodney Clark of Anderson, the march was a way for him to do his part to show the Anderson community that there are people united in support of peace.

“This is what me and my wife can do to do our part,” he said. “I hate that things have to happen for us to see that we can be united, though.”

His wife, Audrey Clark, added: “Some things go on because we are not united. I am hoping (the Anderson community) can see the demonstration of unity and say ‘we are here to fight for our city."

Ken de la Bastide contributed to this article.

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Brooks helps introduce bipartisan bill to provide legal support to survivors of domestic abuse


U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) co-introduced legislation last week that would help survivors of domestic abuse find legal representation to secure restraining orders and explore other legal avenues.

The Power Act, H.R. 6149, introduced by U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), would require each U.S. Attorney’s office to annually host public events to support pro bono legal services for survivors of domestic violence.

“Approximately one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and domestic violence survivors are not guaranteed a lawyer,” Brooks said. “As a result, many of these survivors are trapped in a cycle of abuse with no way to escape.”

Under the bill, U.S. Attorneys would report to the Department of Justice, which would then compile and deliver a single report to Congress each year detailing public events and the results of the initiative.

“Civil legal aid has been proven to reduce domestic violence, because it helps survivors secure protective orders and get out of abusive situations,” Brooks said. “As a former U.S. Attorney, I am hopeful that U.S. Attorney offices across the country can play a role in raising awareness for the need of pro bono legal services, connecting victims of domestic violence with legal aid, and ultimately, empowering survivors.”

Kennedy said that the justice system should be a haven for survivors of domestic abuse, but instead too many survivors face the fear and intimidation they are trying to escape in court.

“Without access to legal assistance, many confront their abuser alone in court, victimized once again,” Kennedy said. “The Power Act will help restore the promise of equal protection for the millions of domestic violence victims across our country.”

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House Honors Dr. Otis ‘Doc’ Bowen


WASHINGTON—Today, the House passed H.R. 5509, legislation introduced by Rep. Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) to rename the Veterans House of the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center in Indianapolis in honor of Dr. Otis ‘Doc’ Bowen, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Indiana Governor and member of the Army Medical Corps during World War II. The Veterans House is a home away from home for veterans receiving outpatient medical care and family members of hospitalized veterans at Roudebush. The bill must now be considered by the Senate.

“Whether it was in the trenches of war, in political office, or at the doctor’s office, Doc Bowen had a clear passion for serving others,” Brooks said. “His experiences as a combat physician and as a family doctor built a strong foundation for his efforts first as Governor of our great state of Indiana and then later as Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Ronald Reagan. Doc Bowen recognized that the love and support of family and friends are critical components to recovery, and so it’s only right that when Hoosier veterans and their families are in need of a home away from home to find support, to find comfort and to heal, they can find it in a building that bears his name. I’m proud that the Dr. Otis Bowen Veterans House will be a living legacy to honor and continue the life’s work of this great Hoosier.”

From 1985 to 1989, Bowen served as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) under President Ronald Reagan. The first doctor to serve as Secretary, he spearheaded the federal government’s response to the spread of AIDS, promoted public awareness of the dangers of the disease and worked towards its eradication.

As the Governor of Indiana from 1973 to 1981, Bowen restructured the state’s tax system to reduce reliance on property taxes, instituted major improvements to state park facilities, developed a statewide emergency medical services system, and adopted a medical malpractice law that became a national model. He first won elected office in 1956 as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives, and was reelected again for seven consecutive terms between 1960 and 1972, serving as Speaker during four legislative sessions.

Before his career in public service, Bowen established a successful family medical practice in Bremen, Indiana, that remained open for 26 years. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1943 to 1946, and he was with the first wave of Allied troops in the invasion of Okinawa in 1945. Bowen earned both B.A. and M.D. degrees from Indiana University, and was born in Richland Center, Indiana. He died in 2013 in Donaldson, Indiana.

The Veterans House, located at 2669 Cold Springs Road in Indianapolis, features 28 fully furnished guest suites with private baths, a common kitchen and dining area, laundry and recreation rooms. The Veterans House was established to provide temporary lodging for veterans and their families, many of whom are unable to incur extra costs associated with a long medical stay away from their home. There is no cost to the veteran or family members to stay at the Veterans House. Funding to build the Veterans House was provided by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. At the time of the grant, Bowen was a member of the Endowment’s board of directors and encouraged its support of veterans’ causes. In addition to the Lilly Endowment grant, the donations of many service and community organizations are making the project possible.

Rep. Brooks spoke in honor of Dr. Bowen on the House floor before H.R. 5509 passed. Her remarks are available online at:

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Outbreaks, Attacks, and Accidents: Combating Biological Threats

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Congresswoman Susan Brooks represents the 5th District of Indiana, which spans eight diverse counties throughout the central part of the Hoosier State. As a new member of Congress, she currently serves on the Education and Workforce, Homeland Security and Ethics Committees. She is also the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications.

Her strong background in both the public and private sectors includes experience as a proven difference maker in areas such as public safety, homeland security, counter-terrorism and economic development.

Before joining the House of Representatives, Susan served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Ivy Tech Community College. Collaborating with a wide network or stakeholders, she implemented workforce development strategies aiming to enhance job training and placement for thousands of Hoosier residents.

In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Susan as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. Serving as the chief federal law enforcement officer for a majority of the Hoosier state, she received bi-partisan acclaim for efforts to battle mortgage fraud, gun violence, drug trafficking, gangs, child exploitation and identity theft.

Susan also earned recognition as Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis during the Steve Goldsmith administration, where she provided oversight on public safety operations and drove community dialogue on vital civic issues. Over her tenure, she managed police, fire and emergency response efforts while serving on boards related to criminal justice, community corrections, violence reduction and race relations.

Susan practiced law at the Indianapolis firm of Ice Miller and also served as a criminal defense attorney for Indianapolis based McClure, McClure and Kammen.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio, Susan pursued a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. In May of 2013, Susan was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Marian University in Indianapolis. She resides in Carmel, Indiana with her husband David and they have two young adult children.

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