Republican Congresswoman Victoria Spartz announced she is running for reelection in 2022 in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District, roughly four months into her first term and a year and a half before the general election.
Depending on how Republican legislative leaders redraw the Congressional maps this fall when they redistrict, her race could be one of the most competitive in the state once again.
“I had to think long and hard, but after much deliberation I have decided to run for another term representing Indiana’s 5th District,” Spartz said in a statement Monday. “There is a lot at stake for our country and I believe I can be valuable to my constituents and fight for good policy solutions badly needed for our nation.”
She called Congress “badly broken” but said it was an honor to represent the 5th District.
Spartz won the open seat vacated by retiring Republican Susan Brooks in 2020, beating Democrat Christina Hale by over 4 percentage points. Prior to election day, it was labeled one of the districts most likely to change parties, and was expected to be a closer race.
The district, which stretches from south of Broad Ripple up to the city of Marion, has been shifting more to the left politically over the last decade, driven at least in part by the ideological shift in Hamilton County.
Republicans, though, will redraw boundaries later this year for Indiana’s nine Congressional districts, and it’s a good bet they’ll look to make the 5th more secure for their party.
Still, the district is one of 22 around the country and the only one in Indiana on national Democrats’ initial “Districts in Play” list for the upcoming 2022 election.
State Democrats were quick to condemn Spartz’ short record in Congress on Monday.
“Congresswoman Victoria Spartz voted against the American Rescue Plan,” the party said in a statement, “which delivered $1,400 checks to Hoosiers and millions to her district’s counties and towns. We are ready to hold her accountable for putting her extreme partisanship ahead of Hoosier common sense.”
Every Republican in Congress voted against the relief package referenced by Maloney. Spartz previously said she voted against it because she thinks only a small portion of the bill goes toward defeating COVID-19.
Call IndyStar reporter Kaitlin Lange at 317-432-9270. Follow her on Twitter: @kaitlin_lange.