Indiana elects two women to Congress


Indiana elected two women to Congress last night. It's the first time that's happened in state history. Never before have two female representatives from Indiana served in Congress at the same time.

Both women beat Iraqi war veterans to win their seats in the House of Representatives.  

Former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks became Indiana's first Republican Congresswoman in 54 years. She fills the seat which to be vacated by long-time congressman Dan Burton. Brooks defeated Democratic state representative Scott Reske.

The 5th District is located mostly in Hamilton and Hancock counties, but includes a chunk of northern Marion County.

In Indiana's 2nd District, encompassing the northern middle part of the state, including South Bend, Republican Jackie Walorski beat her Democratic opponent Brendan Mullen. She will now replace Joe Donnelly, who headed to the Senate to take over Richard Lugar's seat.

"I will continue to believe that what we did in the State of Indiana will work in DC," Walorski said Tuesday night. "And the greatest part of that was not allowing this state to get in partisan gridlock. And that's exactly what has to happen in Washington." 

Walorski won by just 4,000 votes. Brooks crushed her opponent by nearly 65,000 votes.

Republicans hold seven of Indiana's nine House seats.