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Friday, June 14, 2019 11:10 am

4-term Indiana GOP Rep. Susan Brooks won't seek re-election

Associated Press

CARMEL, Ind. -- Indiana Republican U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks says she won't seek re-election next year because she wants to spend more time with her family.

Brooks' office released a statement Friday saying the four-term congresswoman will retire when her term ends in 2020.

Brooks, who grew up in Fort Wayne and graduated from Homestead High School, was first elected to central Indiana's 5th Congressional District in 2012. The district includes some Indianapolis suburbs and surrounding areas.

The 58-year-old said serving in Congress is demanding work and she's "ready to focus on the people who've done so much to support and care for me throughout my career," including her husband, David, their two children, and other family and friends.

Brooks said she's grateful to have had the chance "to make a difference and lead on critical issues," including on national security and the opioid epidemic.

In a statement, Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, said: “Susan Brooks is the best of the best in the Indiana delegation, and she will be missed in Congress. As a mentor and friend I have learned so much from her and appreciate all she has done to help me be a better representative. I wish Susan and her family well in their next chapter, but for now, I look forward to serving alongside Susan for the rest of this term.” 

Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-2nd, said: “Susan Brooks and I came to Congress together, and she’s been not only a trusted colleague but a dear friend. I’m grateful for her public service and her tireless work to advance commonsense solutions and support the next generation of leaders. I’ll miss serving with Susan, but I wish her and her husband David all the best.”