|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Indiana's 5th district
January 3, 2021
|Member of the Indiana Senate|
from the 20th district
October 1, 2017 - November 17, 2020
October 6, 1978
Nosivka, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Ukraine)
|Education||Kyiv National Economic University (BS, MBA)|
Indiana University, Indianapolis (MAcc)
Victoria Spartz (née Kulheyko (Ukrainian: , romanized: Viktoriya Kul'heyko); born October 6, 1978) is a Ukrainian-American politician and businesswoman who is the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 5th congressional district. The district stretches from the northern fifth of Indianapolis to Marion and includes most of Indianapolis's northern suburbs. Spartz is the first Ukrainian-born member of the U.S. Congress and the first member born in a then-Soviet Republic. She previously represented the 20th district in the Indiana Senate.
Victoria Kulheyko was born in Nosivka, Chernihiv Oblast, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, today Ukraine. Before moving to the United States, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kyiv National Economic University. She also earned a Master of Accountancy from the Kelley School of Business of Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis.
While Kulheyko was in college, she met her future husband, Jason Spartz, on a train in Europe and began dating him. They married in 2000. Victoria Spartz immigrated to the United States in 2000 at the age of 22 and became a U.S. citizen in 2006.
Spartz was a founding member of the Hamilton County, Indiana, Tea Party. Before her appointment to the Indiana Senate, she served as CFO in the office of Indiana Attorney General. She was also an adjunct faculty member at the Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis, and she has owned real estate and farming businesses.
After incumbent Republican Susan Brooks announced in June 2019 that she would not seek reelection, Spartz announced her candidacy for Indiana's 5th congressional district. She won the Republican primary on June 2, 2020. The district had historically been a bastion of suburban conservatism, but had been heavily targeted by Democrats in the wake of Brooks's retirement and Donald Trump's growing unpopularity in suburban areas; the Cook Political Report rated the race a toss-up.
In a May 2020 campaign advertisement, Spartz touted her opposition to the Affordable Care Act; after winning the Republican primary, she muted her opposition to it. Spartz won the November general election, defeating former state representative Christina Hale, the Democratic nominee, by four percent. This was the closest race in the district since it was reconfigured as a northern suburban district in 1983 (it had been numbered the 6th until 2003), and only the second time in that period that a Democrat had managed 40% of the vote. Spartz prevailed by winning her home county of Hamilton, the most populous county entirely within the district, by 20,100 votes, more than her districtwide margin of just under 17,000 votes. She ran just ahead of Trump, who barely carried the district with 50.1% of the vote.
In late 2020, Spartz was identified as a participant in the Freedom Force, a group of incoming Republican members of the House of Representatives who "say they're fighting against socialism in America".
Bachelor's degree in international economics and master's degree in business administration from the National University of Economics in Ukraine, professional accountancy master's degree from Indiana University Indianapolis.
| Member of the Indiana Senate
from the 20th district
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
Maria Elvira Salazar
| United States representatives by seniority