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Rep. Susan Brooks

Former Representative for Indiana’s 5th District

pronounced SOO-zun // bruuks

Brooks was the representative for Indiana’s 5th congressional district and was a Republican. She served from 2013 to 2020.

Photo of Rep. Susan Brooks [R-IN5, 2013-2020]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Brooks.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Brooks is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2020 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Brooks sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 28, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Brooks was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 9 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Brooks sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (45%) Crime and Law Enforcement (15%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Commerce (6%) Energy (6%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Brooks recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Brooks voted Yea

Brooks voted Aye

Passed 260/165 on Dec 11, 2019.

Brooks voted Nay

Brooks voted Aye

Brooks voted Aye

Passed 240/187 on Jul 16, 2019.

In a series of tweets on July 14, 2019 directed at four Democratic congresswomen --- unnamed but known to be Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, …

Brooks voted Aye

Passed 236/173 on May 17, 2019.

Should the 1964 law which outlawed race discrimination be updated to include LGBT individuals too? ## Context Great strides have been made this decade for …

Brooks voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Brooks voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Brooks voted Aye

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Dec 2020, Brooks missed 94 of 4,693 roll call votes, which is 2.0%. This is on par with the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2020. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: