Susan Brooks announces retirement from public service

Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., talks with fellow well-wishers after a service honoring the life of Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, May 14, 2019. (WTHR Photo/Evan Hoffmeyer)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks announced she will retire at the end of this term.

Brooks has represented Indiana's 5th District since 2013. The 5th District includes northern Indianapolis and cities and towns in Blackford, Boone, Grant, Hamilton, Howard, Madison, and Tipton counties.

Brooks has previously served as deputy mayor of Indianapolis and U.S. attorney for Indiana's southern district.

In a statement, she said she's ready to slow down and dedicate more time to being at home and spending time with her family.

In the mean time, she will use her remaining days to make sure her seat in Congress remains with the Republicans.

"Based on the four general elections that I won handily...I am confident our nominee will have the same comfortable margins I have had. rest assured i will commit myself to working hard for her or him to guarantee another Republican victory in the 5th District."

Brooks reiterated her belief in term limits and said it's time for younger Republican leaders to bring "fresh ideas and new energy" to the party.

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