Todd Rokita is the Representative for Indiana’s Fourth Congressional District. Representative Rokita is fighting for all Hoosiers so they can build better lives for themselves and their families by following the Constitution, trusting individuals with their own lives, and empowering individuals, families, and communities instead of the federal government.
Representative Rokita was first elected to Congress in 2010 and began his service in January of 2011. As Indiana’s Secretary of State from 2003-2010, he redefined and modernized the office in order to provide Hoosier businesses, individuals, and investors with a better return on their state government. He was re-elected in 2012.
Even as an elected statewide official, Rokita ran his office on the same budget used in 1987, unadjusted for inflation. He was also an accomplished leader in nationwide election reforms, such as his efforts to implement Indiana’s Voter ID law. Indiana's law was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008.
Congressman Rokita will continue working to bring Hoosier reforms to Washington D.C., focusing on fixing America’s debt crisis through common-sense changes to all parts of the federal government.
Congressman Rokita currently serves as Vice Chairman of the House Budget Committee and has helped lead passage of the first joint balanced budget resolution since 2001. This budget balances in ten years and saves more than $5 trillion in spending without raising taxes. Representative Rokita's dedicated service on the Budget Committee demonstrates his commitment to improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of government.
Representative Rokita also serves on the House Education and Workforce Committee and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. As Chairman, Todd led the effort to reform the federal government’s involvement in our educational system. As a result, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was recently signed into law. The law is the largest transfer of authority from the federal government to the states in over twenty five years.
His additional Education and Workforce Committee work focuses on regulatory reform for Hoosier job creators and a strong educational system with minimal federal interference. In cooperation with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Rokita launched the Red Tape Rollback initiative to lead in changing or delaying implementation of burdensome regulations that are preventing Indiana’s job creators from growing our economy and putting Hoosiers back to work.
As a member of the Transportation Committee, Representative Rokita recently helped write the first multi-year highway bill this country has seen in well-over 10 years. This fully paid-for bill offers Indiana elected officials and road planners certainty so that projects can be started and funded more economically and with more confidence. He did this by applying Indiana’s success as the Crossroads of America at the national level.
Congressman Rokita is also a commercial-rated pilot, routinely applying his training for charitable work by flying medically-related non-emergency flights for those who are in need through the Angel Flight program and Veterans Airlift Command.
A proud Little Giant, Rokita earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wabash College, and was selected as an Eli Lilly Fellow, Wabash’s highest award. Congressman Rokita went on to earn a law degree from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis.
Todd and his wife Kathy are the proud parents of two young boys: Teddy and Ryan. The family lives near Brownsburg and worships at St. Malachy Parish. Rokita is also a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Munster.
Additional Memberships, Awards and Activities
- Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
- Aspen-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership
- Board of Advisors of the Election Assistance Commission (EAC)
- Board of Directors for the St. Vincent Foundation
- Board of Trustees for St. Joseph's College of Indiana.
- Civil Air Patrol
- Council of State Governments Toll Fellowship Program
- Director's Circle of the Indiana Council for Economic Education
- Employers in Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
- Friend of Foreign Service Medal from the Taiwanese government
- Grand Consul's Citation for significant service, Sigma Chi Fraternity
- Indiana State Bar Association
- Indianapolis Business Journal "40 under 40"
- Indianapolis Choice Award from the Indianapolis Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
- Knights of Columbus
- Merit Award from the International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA)
- National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)
- Executive Board Member (2008-2009)
- President (2007-2008)
- Treasurer (2005-2006)
- Past chair, Standing Committee on Voter Participation
- National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Statesman of the Year
- National Rifle Association.
- Paul Samuelson Enterprise Award for Community Leaders from Indiana Council for Economic Education (ICEE)
- Significant Sig Award, Sigma Chi Fraternity