Susan Brooks

Susan Brooks


Brooks votes to fund Homeland Security


ANDERSON – Rep. Susan Brooks voted with the majority in the U.S. House to continue funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a week.

Brooks, R-5th District, was in Anderson on Saturday to honor Allen Harrington, one of the first African Americans to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

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Ceremony honors Anderson vet


ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) – A special ceremony took place in Anderson Saturday to wrap up Black History Month.

The Montford Point Marines were the nation’s first African Americans to serve as Marines during World War II, and Allen Harrington of Anderson was one of them.

People gathered Saturday afternoon to honor his life and service. Harrington’s family members were given a special certificate and letter from President Obama.

His daughter, Darlene Harrington, was on hand to accept the certificate and letter on behalf of his family.

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'Trailblazing' Anderson Marine is honored


ANDERSON — Standing next to dozens of family members, Darlene Harrington opened a box containing a replica of a Montford Point Marine medal and carefully looked at its etchings. 

“This is such an honor,” she said.

Harrington’s father, Allen H. Harrington, was recognized by U.S. Rep.  Susan Brooks and Mayor Kevin Smith during a special Black History Month ceremony on Saturday.

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Editorial: Marine's service reflects proud commitment


Younger Americans today are often surprised when they hear that, prior to World War II, African-Americans struggled to be integrated into the U.S. military. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order to erase discrimination in hiring practices in the Armed Forces.

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Congresswoman Brooks, Mayor Smith to Honor Anderson Montford Point Marine


Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN5) and Mayor Kevin Smith invite Anderson community residents to attend a special Black History Month ceremony honoring the life and service of one of the nation’s first African American Marines.

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Hoosier Delegation Urges Donnelly to Allow Debate on DHS Funding Bill


(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Thursday, seven Hoosier Lawmakers penned a letter to Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly requesting that he reconsider three recent votes to block full and open debate on the House-passed bill fully funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), H.R. 240 the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015.

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Keystone XL Legislation Heads to President’s Desk


Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN5) released the following statement after voting to send legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline to the President’s desk:

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Brooks: Cyber Threat Must Be Combated with Urgency and Action


Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN5) released the following statement in reaction to the cyber attack on Anthem Inc., the nation’s second largest health insurer headquartered in Indianapolis:

“My first and primary concern today is for the Anthem customers in Indiana and throughout the nation who are victims of this cyber attack. I encourage them to utilize the resources provided by Anthem to learn more about this unfortunate situation and to better educate themselves on steps they can take to mitigate its impact. 

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HIP 2.0 Moves Forward


Indiana recently received approval for its HIP 2.0 proposal. See below for important HIP 2.0 information and a statement from Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks.

HIP 2.0 web site:

HIP 2.0 contact info: 1-877-GET-HIP-9 

Expanded HIP 2.0 info: click here.

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House passes bills to promote social media, interconnectedness at DHS


The House on Monday passed legislation to enhance social media and internal communications practices at the Department of Homeland Security.

One measure, H.R. 623, passed 328-51, would authorize an existing working group overseen by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide guidance on the use of social media during and after terror attacks or other emergencies.

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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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