Victoria Spartz
Victoria Spartz
State Sen. Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville) has announced she is suspending her race for state senate to explore a run for the U.S. House of Representatives’ 5th District seat currently held by Susan Brooks.
Brooks announced last June she would not seek a fifth term. The Carmel Republican’s decision shocked many political observers.
Spartz is currently in her first term in the state senate, filling the term of long-time State Sen. Luke Kenley. Spartz announced some time back that she was running for another term. But on Thursday, she said she was reconsidering that option.
“As I took a deeper dive in the last few months into a number of issues affecting our state, like education, healthcare, welfare and business deregulation, I realized that the control of the states by the federal government is way more significant than I could ever anticipate,” she said in a statement. “Our federal government is broken and dysfunctional with uncontrolled spending and ever-increasing socialistic trends. As someone who grew up in socialism, saw what happens to socialism when it runs out of money, fixed finances of large corporations and started my own businesses, as well as worked in the weeds of the legislative process, I can be a great asset to the people of our state and 5th District in Congress.”
Spartz realizes this will be a challenge.
“There are a lot of good people who are my friends running for this seat and I will fully support anyone elected in May as our Republican nominee,” she wrote.
Spartz also said that she values public service.
“Although, I feel that if I decide to spend the next two to four years of my life serving the people, I would like to do it where I can bring the most value. My unique life experiences, financial and business expertise and willingness to fight against the status quo would bring a great benefit to our state and our nation. I look forward to serving the great people of Hamilton County for the rest of my term in the state senate and meeting more people in the 5th District in the next few weeks to make a decision on my run for Congress!”
If Spartz does go for Congress, that will leave open the state senate seat. Spartz earned that through a caucus to replace Kenley in September of 2017. Kenley announced he was retiring in July and the now 38-year-old won the seat on the sixth ballot of the Republican Party caucus. She defeated Megan Wiles with 54 out of 93 votes.
The other candidates at that time included Brad Beaver, Sue Finkam, Joe Morris and Dan Schmidt.
Spartz spent her career in various financial leadership positions working with Fortune 200 companies and Big 4 public accounting firms throughout the U.S. including in Indiana. She currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Indiana Office of Attorney General.
She has been a volunteer, coordinator, President of the Hamilton County Federated Republican Women and Vice-Chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party. Victoria currently sits on the 5th Congressional District Republican Central Committee.
She currently represents District 20, which include portions of Hamilton County. She lives in Noblesville with her husband Jason. They have two daughters.