Susan Brooks

Susan Brooks

INDIANA's 5th DISTRICT

Brooks Statement on the Updated CBO Score of AHCA

2017/05/24

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released a new score of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA):

“The score from the CBO today confirms that the AHCA as passed by the house will lower premium costs for Americans and reduce our deficit. This is an on-going process, and it’s important to realize that this score does not reflect any changes the Senate may make to the legislation in the coming weeks or any future, additional actions the Administration or Congress will take to fix our healthcare system, lower costs and increase healthcare choices. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress, the Administration and state officials to make our healthcare system work better for Hoosiers and Americans."

The CBO report confirms that the AHCA would reduce the cumulative federal deficit over the 2017-2026 period by $119 billion. In comparison with the estimates for previous versions of the AHCA, the number of people with health insurance would, by CBO and JCT estimates, be slightly higher and average premiums for insurance purchased on the individual market would be lower. Read the full CBO report here

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Brooks: We must be a force for justice

2017/05/23

Washington, D.C. – This morning, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) participated with Speaker Paul Ryan (WI01), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA23), Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA01), Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA05), and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN02) in the weekly House Republican press conference. Brooks condemned the terrorist attack in Manchester, England, and as previously planned, spoke about her legislation to protect young Olympic hopefuls from abuse.

H.R. 1973, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act, will be considered by the House this week. S. 534, companion legislation introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month and is now awaiting consideration by the Senate. Indiana Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young are original co-sponsors of S. 534. Video of Brooks’ comments is available here and full text is below.

“In the face of heinous acts of violence, we must stand united against those who want to harm us, our allies and our way of life. Especially when they put young, innocent lives in their crosshairs.”

“My heart and my prayers, along with those of my colleagues, are with victims, the family and friends of those killed and the law enforcement officers who are continuing to work to investigate this despicable act and to unite families separated in the chaos last night.”

“It is our responsibility to protect our kids, and its government’s first job to protect our citizens. That’s why I’m proud to join a bipartisan group of colleagues to offer a bill, which is what we intended to come out and talk about this morning initially, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act.”

“Unfortunately, under current law, amateur athletic governing bodies– the organizations responsible for training our Olympic hopefuls – claim they have not been required to promptly report allegations of sexual abuse that they receive to the law enforcement authorities.”

“Most recently, an Indianapolis Star investigative report uncovered that over the last 20 years at least 368 children, Olympic hopefuls, reported instances of abuse to USA Gymnastics, based in Indianapolis, but USA Gymnastics allowed these allegations to remain dormant and unreported to law enforcement.”  

“Our bill makes sure that national governing bodies entrusted with the health and well-being of young athletes and future Olympians promptly report any allegations of sexual abuse to law enforcement and implement much stronger policies and procedures to prevent abusive coaches, trainers, and medical personnel from continuing to prey on young athletes.”

“In the face of violence and fear, we must be a force for justice. My prayers are with the victims and their families this morning.”  

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Brooks travels to Afghanistan, Iraq

2017/05/23

ANDERSON – U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks has made her first trip to visit American troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Brooks, R-5th District, joined a group of bipartisan congresswomen on the trip, which focused on meeting U.S. female service members, thanking them for their service, particularly during Mother’s Day, and learning about their experiences in the military.

During the visit, Brooks distributed Mother’s Day cards that were made by local students.

The congressional delegation met with Afghan and Iraqi women who are leaders in their communities, government, media and business.

During the visit, Brooks met 5th District resident Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Arnold, who is the first female command chief master sergeant to lead all U.S. airmen in Afghanistan.

Arnold shared with Brooks how fulfilling her career in the military has been, and how honored and humbled she is for the opportunity to be in the position.

Some of the troops they met with voiced concerns about access to the same quality of health care as their male colleagues once they come home, Brooks said.

“It is a problem that our female troops, who put their lives on the line to protect democracy and sacrifice time with their families in order to fight for our country, are concerned about a lack of access to the healthcare services they have earned,” she said in a press release. “The concerns I heard during this trip echoed the ones I have heard from Hoosiers in the Fifth District. Men and women have different medical needs and it is important that all of our veterans get quality care after their service.”

The congressional delegation met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the first lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani, attended listening sessions with USAID representatives, heard from local businesses and female entrepreneurs, participated in round tables with Afghan female police and soldiers and had discussions with Iraqi female leaders and other humanitarian leaders.

“It was encouraging to hear that women in Afghanistan and Iraq are continuing to gain respect in their country and hold prominent roles in society, and that is due, in part, to the presence of our female troops,” Brooks said. “They are role models for not only the women in the Afghan and Iraqi military, but for the women who are now the head of households because their husbands have been taken from their homes or killed. Still, there is work to be done. Domestic violence and rape are shockingly commonplace, and many women we spoke to indicated that most Iraqi women have, at some point in their lives, been a victim of abuse. However, leaders in government, business and the nonprofit community are committed to changing this terrible reality.”

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Brooks Congratulates 2017 Congressional Art Competition Fifth District Winner at Hamilton Southeastern

2017/05/22

Hamilton Southeastern freshman, Monica Stuffle, is recognized by Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN05) as the Fifth District winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Her watercolor, “Fishers at Twilight” will hang in the U.S. Capitol Building for the next y

Hamilton Southeastern freshman, Monica Stuffle, is recognized by Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN05) as the Fifth District winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Her watercolor, “Fishers at Twilight” will hang in the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year.

Fishers, Ind. – This morning, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) visited Hamilton Southeastern High School to congratulate the Fifth District winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, Monica Stuffle, a freshman at Hamilton Southeastern. Monica’s piece, Fishers at Twilight, was selected by a team of local professional judges: KP Singh, an artist, and Casey Cronin, a photographer. Fishers at Twilight will hang in the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year along with the winning entries from each congressional district around the country.

“Each year, I’m amazed by the talent and creativity of students in the Fifth District, and Monica’s depiction of the City of Fishers as the sun sets is no exception,” Brooks said. “I want to congratulate and thank Monica, and each of the students who submitted work to the competition this year. Monica captured the simple beauty of an Indiana sunset and proves that inspiration can be found everywhere we look, even in the crossing of power lines overhead. I’m proud that this piece will represent the Fifth District of Indiana in the U.S. Capitol building for the next year, and look forward to sharing it with Hoosiers who come to visit our nation’s capital and my colleagues in Congress.”

Fishers at Twilight is a watercolor. The judges praised it’s use of a “mosaic of color” and called the piece “intriguing and universal.”

In addition, Brooks announced that the following pieces placed in the Congressional Art Competition and will hang in her district offices in Carmel and Anderson:

2nd Place: “Bright Night” by Mirian Alvarez-Dubon, Pike High School senior

3rd Place: “Waiting for Her Soldier’s Return” by Victoria Enstrom, Eastern Howard High School freshman

4th Place: “Indiana in February” by Rachel Billheimer, Hamilton Southeastern High School junior

Honorable Mention: “Tilt” by Gabriela Khachatryan, Carmel High School senior

Honorable Mention: “Radiance” by Brittney Morton, Pike High School junior

Honorable Mention: “Lion of Many Nations” by Julie McMichen, Zionsville High School junior

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent nationwide, as well as in our congressional district. The Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition. All 28 of the Fifth District entries are featured on Brooks’ website and will be highlighted on Twitter and Instagram (@susanwbrooks) this week. 

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Brooks Visits American Heroes Deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq

2017/05/22

Washington, D.C. – Earlier this month, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) joined a group of bipartisan Congresswomen on a trip to visit deployed American forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. The trip focused on meeting U.S. female service members, thanking them for their service, particularly during Mother’s Day, and learning about their experiences in the military. In addition, members of the Congressional delegation met with Afghan and Iraqi women who are leaders in their communities, government, media and business.

During the visit, Brooks met a Hoosier from the Fifth District, Chief Master Sergeant Lisa Arnold (pictured above), the first female Command Chief Master Sergeant to lead all Unites States Airman in Afghanistan.

During the visit, Brooks met a Hoosier from the Fifth District, Chief Master Sergeant Lisa Arnold (pictured above), the first female Command Chief Master Sergeant to lead all Unites States Airman in Afghanistan. She shared how fulfilling her career in the military has been, and how honored and humbled she is for the opportunity to be in the position.

Some of the troops we met with voiced concerns about access to the same quality of healthcare as their male colleagues once they come home.

“It is a problem that our female troops, who put their lives on the line to protect democracy and sacrifice time with their families in order to fight for our country, are concerned about a lack of access to the healthcare services they have earned,” Brooks said. “The concerns I heard during this trip echoed the ones I have heard from Hoosiers in the Fifth. Men and women have different medical needs and it is important that all of our veterans get quality care after their service.”

Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), Brooks, Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Rep. Ilena Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and staff preparing to depart Baghdad, Iraq.

Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), Brooks, Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Rep. Ilena Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and staff preparing to depart Baghdad, Iraq.

In addition to meeting with our troops, the Congressional delegation met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani, attended listening sessions with USAID representatives, heard from local businesses and female entrepreneurs, participated in roundtables with Afghan Female Police and Soldiers and had discussions with Iraqi female leaders and other humanitarian leaders.

“It was encouraging to hear that women in Afghanistan and Iraq are continuing to gain respect in their country and hold prominent roles in society, and that is due, in part, to the presence of our female troops,” Brooks continued. “They are role models for not only the women in the Afghan and Iraqi military, but for the women who are now the head of households because their husbands have been taken from their homes or killed. Still, there is work to be done. Domestic violence and rape are shockingly commonplace, and many women we spoke to indicated that most Iraqi women have, at some point in their lives, been a victim of abuse. However, leaders in government, business and the non-profit community are committed to changing this terrible reality.”

Brooks was accompanied on the trip by Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Rep. Val Demings (D-FL). 

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Brooks and Frankel: Our Laws Protect the Most Vulnerable

2017/05/19

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 1973, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Actlegislation recently introduced by Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL). This bill requires prompt reporting of suspected cases of abuse, mandatory training, and implementation of policies and procedures for preventing, reporting, and addressing allegations of sexual abuse at amateur athletic governing bodies. Next, the bill will be considered by the full House of Representatives.

“As a former U.S. Attorney, I worked on cases dealing with child exploitation and abuse, and I know first-hand how absolutely necessary it is that our laws protect the most vulnerable,” said Brooks. “Unfortunately, current law neglects to properly protect young athletes from abuse, but this legislation ensures that amateur athletic governing bodies promptly report allegations of sexual abuse and assault. I thank Chairman Goodlatte for bringing this bill before the Judiciary Committee, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senator Feinstein to pass this bill in to law.”

"It is shameful that young gymnasts were molested by their coaches, doctors, and trainers,” said Frankel. "Our young athletes must be protected from adults who abuse their trust. "

Yesterday, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act was one of the bills discussed at a White House meeting with Ivanka Trump; anti-human trafficking experts and leaders; a bicameral, bipartisan group of lawmakers including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Roby, Goodlatte, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO); and others.

The bill stems from recent allegations of sexual abuse made against personnel involved with USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming and USA Taekwondo. Last year, the Indy Star reported that at least 368 young athletes were subjected to sexual abuse at the hands of coaches, doctors or other adults affiliated with USA Gymnastics. Although USA Gymnastics received reports of sexual assault and abuse, victims claim that USA Gymnastics allowed the abuse allegations to remain dormant. 

The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act extends the mandatory reporting requirements of child abuse to national governing bodies to ensure that reports are immediately made to local or federal law enforcement authorities. Further, the legislation requires National Governing Bodies like USA Gymnastics to develop for each of its members:

  • specific policies and procedures for mandatory reporting of sex abuse to law enforcement;
  • policies and procedures to keep track of coaches who leave one gym due to complaints and then go to another gym and repeat cycles of abuse; and
  • stronger oversight and enforcement policies so that sexual abuse is prevented.

Last week, S. 534, companion legislation introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now awaiting consideration by the Senate. Indiana Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young are original co-sponsors of S. 534. For more information on the bill, clickhere

An electronic copy of the bill, as well as a background memo, amendments, and votes will be available as they are posted on the House Judiciary Committee’s website here.

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Brooks Honors Law Enforcement on the House Floor During National Police Week

2017/05/18

Washington, D.C. – Last night, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) joined her colleagues on the House Floor to honor our nation’s police officers during National Police Week and Mental Health Awareness Month and to highlight a bill she recently introduced in the House, H.R. 2228, the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act. Companion legislation, S. 867, was introduced by Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Todd Young (R-IN) and passed the Senate yesterday. To watch Brooks’ remarks, click here.

A copy of Brooks’ remarks are below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize National Police Week and it’s also Mental Health Awareness Month.

I want to thank my colleague, whom we affectionately call Sherriff, a Sherriff who served his great state for 33 years.

And, I want to express my profound gratitude to the men and women in uniform and their families who serve and sacrifice so much to protect our safety.

But I think we also need to talk about a way that we can repay them for their sacrifice and service by making mental health services more   have the resources to handle so many difficult on-the-job situations they deal with every single day. 

Police officers are constantly under attack often on the job.

Caught literally in crossfire of violent domestic violence and violent crime.

Finding and recovering bodies of murder victims, some of whom are young children.

Targets for lone wolf shootings and attacks.

Injecting NARCAN, the overdose reversal drug, into people who’ve overdosed on heroin, trying to save them. Think about all of the different things the men and women in uniform have to do day in and day out.

For most people, just one of these experiences would be enough to cause trauma. But our police officers face these and unthinkable situations daily, sometimes leading to significant mental health challenges for our officers like suicidal thoughts, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.

Fortunately, we have many law enforcement groups, including the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police, who are working to offer our officers the support and treatment they need to continue to protect themselves and our communities. Since 2010, officers in Indianapolis have been able to receive counseling and referrals to doctors and clinicians through a unique in-house program, staffed by fellow trained officers.

To help more police departments develop and implement similar programs, I’ve introduced along with my good friend a new member of congress from Florida, Val Demings, a former police chief in Orlando. We’ve introduced H.R. 2228, the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act.

This will improve sharing of federal best practices at the Department of Justice and Department of Veteran’s Affairs with local police departments. It will make grants available to initiate peer mentoring pilot programs, and develop training for mental health providers specific to law enforcement, and study the effectiveness of crisis hotlines and get officers annual mental health checkups.

If our police officers are healthy, our communities will be safer. We owe it to all of our heroes in law enforcement across the country to protect their mental health and wellbeing. And I’ll urge passage of this legislation.

Thank you, and I yield back.

For more information on H.R. 2228, the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act, click here

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Val Demings delivers Mother’s Day cards in Iraq and Afghanistan

2017/05/16

Congresswoman Val Demings was part of a bipartisan group of Representatives who visited Iraq and Afghanistan over the weekend, including Mother’s Day where they delivered Mother’s Day cards to the female soldiers. The cards were made by students here in the Orlando area 10th district she represents.

“This was my first trip to Afghanistan and Iraq, and it was such an honor to meet with our female troops and commanders, and see firsthand the difference they are making in Afghanistan and Iraq all while protecting our homeland,” said Val Demings. “We just wanted to show them how much we appreciate the sacrifices they make to serve us, not just on Mother’s Day, but every day.”

During the trip, Demings also toured local businesses, participated in roundtables with Afghan Female Police and Soldiers, met with Iraqi women leaders, and humanitarian leaders.

“I’m encouraged by the work being done through USAID to enhance and further the lives of women in Afghanistan and Iraq.” continued Demings “We must continue to invest in these important programs, that help to enrich the lives of families and give them hope for the future.”

Other lawmakers on the trip included Congresswoman Martha Roby, Congresswoman Susan Davis, Congresswoman Ilena Ros-Lehtinen, and Congresswomen Susan Brooks, as well as members of the House Armed Services Committee.

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Val Demings, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen spend Mother’s Day with women troops in Iraq, Afghanistan

2017/05/16

Orlando’s U.S. Rep. Val Demings and Miami’s U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen made a week-long visit to visit troops in Afghanistan and Iraq this week, including a Mother’s Day visit at which Demings was able to deliver cards from students in her Florida’s 10th Congressional District.

Demings, a Democrat, and Ros-Lehtinen were part of a bipartisan group of members of Congress to make the tour to conduct oversight of U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Iraq with a focus on the contribution, efforts, and concerns of women in the United States Armed Forces and local women.

“This was my first trip to Afghanistan and Iraq, and it was such an honor to meet with our female troops and commanders, and see firsthand the difference they are making in Afghanistan and Iraq all while protecting our homeland,” Demings stated in a news release issued by her office.

The delegation met with U.S. female service members, toured local businesses, participated in roundtables with Afghan Female Police and Soldiers, met with Iraqi women leaders, and humanitarian leaders. Others in the group in clouded U.S. Reps. Martha Roby, an Alabama Republican; Susan Davis, a California Democrat; Susan Brooks, an Indiana Republican; and members of the House Armed Services Committee.

“I’m encouraged by the work being done through USAID to enhance and further the lives of women in Afghanistan and Iraq. We must continue to invest in these important programs, that help to enrich the lives of families and give them hope for the future,” Demings stated.

The Mother’s Day cards were delivered to women in the service.

“We just wanted to show them how much we appreciate the sacrifices they make to serve us, not just on Mother’s Day, but every day,” Demings said.

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Congressional Delegation Visits Kabul, Afghanistan

2017/05/16

KABUL - A bi-partisan women’s Congressional delegation (CODEL) led by U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) visited Afghanistan May 9 and 10.  The CODEL conducted oversight of American operations in Afghanistan with a focus on the contribution, efforts, and concerns of U.S. women in the U.S. Armed Forces with an additional focus on gender issues and challenges facing Afghan women.

Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens briefed the CODEL on current priorities for the U.S. Mission in Afghanistan.  “The visit of this important U.S. Congressional delegation is a sign of the significance the United States places on achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment in Afghanistan,” said Ambassador Llorens.

The CODEL participated in two panel discussions with Afghan women leaders from civil society organizations and beneficiaries of U.S. foreign assistance programs that directly target women’s equity.  Afterward, the Congresswomen met with Afghanistan’s First Lady, Rula Ghani, at her offices.  Representative Roby said, “The United States is committed to building on the progress made by Afghan women.  The success of women in this society is essential for Afghanistan’s continued development, and our delegation appreciated the opportunity to hear directly from Afghan women about their challenges and opportunities.”

At the NATO Resolute Support camp in Kabul, the CODEL also met with female U.S. Armed Forces members.  The delegation discussed issues of women’s integration, equality, professional development, leadership, and sexual assault.  Representative Susan Davis (D-CA) said, “We thank all the brave women and men in uniform here in Afghanistan who are putting their lives at risk to keep us safe.  It was an honor to meet with them.”  The CODEL also took the time to meet with Embassy staff constituents, including many of the diplomatic spouses employed by Mission Afghanistan. 

In addition to Representatives Roby and Davis the delegation included Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Susan Brooks (R-IN), and Val Demings (D-FL).

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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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