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Take Five: Susan W. Brooks

It’s time again for Take Five, HOH’s opportunity to get to know a member of Congress better through five fun questions. This week, freshman Rep. Susan W. Brooks, R-Ind., talks about her zeal for equestrianism, Sugarland and “leaning in.”

Q. What have you enjoyed most about your term in Congress so far?

A. I’ve enjoyed meeting and working with so many smart and patriotic people who care so much about our country. Our members are so knowledgeable and have such diverse life experiences. It gives me a lot of optimism that Congress can actually make a difference. Everyone I’ve met here — staff included — is incredibly sharp, dedicated and kind.

Q. What music helps you unwind?

A. I listen to Jason Mraz a lot. I really like his live album, “Beautiful Mess,” that was recorded in Chicago. I also enjoy Sugarland quite a bit. I’ve been lucky enough to watch both Jason Mraz and Sugarland play live.

Q. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

A. I’m a trail rider and have ridden horses for 30 years both in Indiana and out West. I think it’s a character-building activity.

Q. What was the last book you read and would recommend to someone?

A. “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg. She did a great job talking to so many women about their experiences. A lot of people don’t realize that the book is about more than just her story. It’s about a huge cross section of women from around the country. She gave a voice to a lot of perspectives that I can relate to. Sandberg’s view is that there are not enough women in positions of authority helping to make decisions that impact our lives. She thinks we need more corporate and government female leaders, and I feel the same way.

Q. What is your favorite place to frequent in Washington, D.C.?

A. The monuments are still powerful to me every time I visit them. They’re great reminders of the sacrifices so many people have made to keep our nation strong. Art and Soul and Cuba Libre are two favorite restaurants that I’ve visited so far.

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