4-term Indiana GOP Rep. Susan Brooks won’t seek reelection

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republican U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks announced Friday that she won’t seek reelection next year because she wants to spend more time with her family after four terms in Congress — a pending retirement that follows Democrats’ plans to target her suburban Indianapolis district in 2020.

Brooks, who is one of only 13 female House Republicans and is a leader of her party’s efforts to recruit more women to challenge Democrats in next year’s election, will retire when her term ends in 2020, her office said in a statement.

The 58-year-old said that 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.

“This kind of work demands much. You’re never off the clock and there is always more work to be done. With gratitude for all that I’ve accomplished, I believe in term limits and in the power of new talent,” she said in a statement.

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.

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