Letter: Susan Brooks is a proven leader

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Editor,

Congresswoman Susan Brooks fights for our interests, and she gets results for Hoosiers.

Brooks is focused on modern threats to our security. When ISIS and other terrorist organizations are looking for ways to use chemical and biological weapons, she’s advocating for legislation to strengthen our national response to deadly and dangerous pathogens, including ebola, zika and anthrax.

Closer to home, Brooks is working with colleagues across the aisle to ensure that women of all ages have access to life-saving mammograms. If current federal recommendations go into effect, women between the ages of 40-49 may lose coverage for these screenings and be discouraged from seeking out the care they need. Brooks is fighting for these women and their families because when it comes to breast cancer, early detection is critical.

Brooks voted in favor of more than 50 bills this summer to support substance abuse prevention, treatment, education and enforcement. During the last two years, she’s helped secure more than $20 million for substance abuse programs in Indiana.

Brooks sponsored a law to ensure law enforcement officers have access to mental health care and based it on a successful one at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept.

She wrote a law to help veterans take full advantage of their GI Bill benefits, making sure that they can get and keep a good job when they come home.

As chairwoman of the House Ethics Committee, Brooks is working to ensure victims of sexual harassment have a voice in Congress. In the wake of the USA Gymnastics scandal, she wrote a law with her Bipartisan Women’s Caucus co-chair to protect young athletes from abuse.

Along with this impressive record, Congresswoman Brooks remains easily accessible to her constituents. Since January 2017, Brooks has held 20 public events to personally meet with constituents.

This is quite the record of accomplishment, and it’s why I’ll be supporting and voting for Rep. Brooks, a proven leader, this fall.,

Demetrick L. Baker II, Sheridan



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