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As the Representative from Indiana’s Fourth Congressional District, Todd Rokita is serving and fighting for all Hoosiers so they can build better lives for themselves and their families.
Prior to his service in Congress, Representative Rokita served as Indiana’s Secretary of State. In that position he effectively reformed and modernized the office to provide Hoosier investors, businesses, and voters with immensely better service while continuing to promote Indiana’s economic vitality and prosperity. Rokita directed his office from 2003 to 2011 using the same budget that was used in 1987, unadjusted for inflation. He proved to be a leader in nationwide election reforms by implementing Indiana’s landmark voter identification law, which he successfully defended to the United States Supreme Court in 2008.
In Congress, Representative Rokita remains committed to maintaining the core values of limited government, constitutionalism, and free enterprise. That is why he works tirelessly to bring that same reform-minded approach to Washington, D.C., focusing on reducing spending and the national debt while reforming entitlements through common-sense changes to all areas of the federal government. If left untouched, these entitlements threaten to saddle our children and grandchildren with more than $100 trillion in unpaid bills.
As Vice Chairman of the influential House Budget Committee, Rokita continues to work diligently to craft a budget that balances and lays out bold reforms to reduce our debt load for the next generation. He is promoting the Balanced Budget Amendment and Biennial Budgeting that will increase the likelihood of on-time budgets and permit better Congressional review of agency budgets in order to eliminate billions of dollars in wasted allocations to unnecessary and duplicative programs.
As a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, Congressman Rokita strives to ensure regulatory reform for Hoosier job creators and a strong educational system that guarantees local control, while preparing our children to compete in a global economy. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, Rokita introduced the Student Success Act that replaces No Child Left Behind and restores local control in education, while empowering parents and education leaders to hold schools accountable for effectively teaching students. Additionally, in an ongoing battle to reform bureaucracy, Congressman Rokita’s Red Tape Rollback initiative has succeeded in changing or delaying implementation of more than 20 regulations that would have been harmful to Indiana’s job creators and employees.
In the 114th Congress, Representative Rokita was selected to join the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Rokita brings a depth of knowledge to tackling a U.S. transportation network that has increasingly fallen apart due to historic debt and bureaucratic interference. Rokita has seen first-hand the successes of Hoosier out-of-the box thinking and is excited to bring this experience to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Throughout his career Rokita has established himself as a leader. As Secretary of State, Rokita was awarded the Friend of Foreign Services Medal in recognition of his leadership and diplomatic efforts in building a strong Indiana-Taiwan partnership. He was also selected for the Aspen-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership, served on the Board of Advisors of the Election Assistance Commission, and served as president of the National Association of Secretaries of State from 2007 to 2008.
As a Member of Congress, Rokita has earned the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Enterprise award, the Friend of Farm Bureau award, and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association’s “Industry Champion” award, along with awards from the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the American Conservative Union in recognition of his leadership in Congress on key issues.
Rokita and his staff are active in supporting charitable causes and have participated in events for the St. Vincent Cancer Center, the Find a Book a Home Foundation, and the Angelman Syndrome Foundation. Rokita also routinely volunteers his time as a commercial-rated pilot for charity, most notably for Angel Flight and Veterans Airlift Command.
He has a bachelor-of-arts degree from Wabash College, where he earned Wabash’s highest award by being selected as an Eli Lilly Fellow. He also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Indiana University School of Law.
Congressman Rokita and his wife Kathy reside near Brownsburg and have two young children, Teddy and Ryan. The family worships at St. Malachy Parish in Brownsburg. Rokita is also a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Munster and is a member in the first degree of the Knights of Columbus.
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