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Victoria Spartz

Victoria Spartz
Victoria Spartz 117th U.S Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th district

January 3, 2021
Susan Brooks
Member of the Indiana Senate
from the 20th district

October 1, 2017 - November 17, 2020
Luke Kenley
Scott Baldwin
Personal details
Viktoriya Kulheyko

(1978-10-06) October 6, 1978 (age 42)
Nosivka, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Ukraine)[1]
Political partyRepublican
Jason Spartz
(m. 2000)
EducationKyiv National Economic University (BS, MBA)
Indiana University, Indianapolis (MAcc)
WebsiteHouse website

Victoria Spartz (née Kulheyko (Ukrainian: , romanizedViktoriya Kul'heyko);[2] 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.[3] Spartz is the first Ukrainian-born member of the U.S. Congress and the first member born in a then-Soviet Republic.[4][5][6] She previously represented the 20th district in the Indiana Senate.[7]

Early life and education

Victoria Kulheyko was born in Nosivka,[4] Chernihiv Oblast, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, today Ukraine.[6] 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.[8]

While Kulheyko was in college, she met her future husband, Jason Spartz, on a train in Europe and began dating him.[9] They married in 2000.[10] Victoria Spartz immigrated to the United States in 2000 at the age of 22 and became a U.S. citizen in 2006.[11][12][13]

Early career

Spartz was a founding member of the Hamilton County, Indiana, Tea Party.[14] Before her appointment to the Indiana Senate, she served as CFO in the office of Indiana Attorney General.[15] She was also an adjunct faculty member at the Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis,[16] and she has owned real estate and farming businesses.[17]

Spartz was appointed to the Indiana Senate from the 20th district in 2017 after Luke Kenley resigned.[18]

U.S. House of Representatives


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.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21] Spartz won the November general election, defeating former state representative Christina Hale, the Democratic nominee, by four percent.[22][23][24] 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.[25][26] 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.[27] She ran just ahead of Trump, who barely carried the district with 50.1% of the vote.[28]

Indiana's 5th congressional district, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Victoria Spartz 208,212 50.0
Democratic Christina Hale 191,226 45.9
Libertarian Ken Tucker 16,788 4.0
Total votes 416,226 100.0
Republican hold


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".[29][30][31][32]


In June 2021, Spartz was one of 49 House Republicans who voted to repeal the AUMF against Iraq.[33][34]

Committee assignments

Caucus membership

Personal life

Spartz married her husband, Jason Spartz, in 2000. They have two daughters[10] and live in Noblesville, Indiana.[8]

See also


  1. ^ " ?". July 31, 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ Bozhok, Snizhana (November 12, 2020). " ? ? ? ? ? ? ". BBC News Ukrainian (in Ukrainian).
  3. ^ "Republican Victoria Spartz wins Indiana's 5th Congressional District race". November 3, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ a b "The first Ukrainian-born member of Congress". The Ukrainian Weekly.
  5. ^ Schultz, Marisa (December 26, 2020). "Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz, raised in Soviet country, says it's 'crazy' for Americans to want socialism here". Fox News.
  7. ^ "List of All Offices and Office Holders". March 5, 2015. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ a b Lange, Kaitlin (May 31, 2020). "Republicans try to stand out in crowded Indiana 5th District race". Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, Indiana. Retrieved 2021. 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.
  9. ^ Schultz, Marisa. Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz, raised in Soviet country, says it's 'crazy' for Americans to want socialism here, FOX News, December 28, 2020.
  10. ^ a b Lange, Kaitlin (August 27, 2020). "How Victoria Spartz's Ukrainian roots influence her conservative values". Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, Indiana. Retrieved 2021.
  11. ^ "One on One with Senator Victoria Spartz". Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Immigrant proud to be American on this day". The Times. Noblesville, Indiana. January 19, 2017. Archived from the original on November 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "Victoria Spartz". Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ Bowden, John. Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.-05), The Hill, November 30, 2020.
  15. ^ "CFO for Indiana Attorney General's office takes over Sen. Luke Kenley's seat - Indiana Economic Digest". Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "Ukrainian immigrant Spartz picked to replace Kenley in Senate". Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "Indiana Legislator Database". Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "Republicans make surprise pick to replace Sen. Luke Kenley". Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "Indiana Primary Election Results: Fifth Congressional District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020.
  20. ^ David Wasserman (October 8, 2020). "October House Overview: Democrats Poised to Expand Majority". Cook Political Report.
  21. ^ "What Obamacare? Republican candidates go mum on health care law". NBC News. Retrieved 2020.
  22. ^ Stabile, Angelica (November 9, 2020). "13 GOP women join the House, dominating congressional elections, making history". FOX News. Retrieved 2020.
  23. ^ Gibson, Kaitlin Lange and London. "Republican Victoria Spartz wins Indiana's 5th Congressional District race". The Indianapolis Star.
  24. ^ "Republican Spartz wins hard-fought Indiana US House race". Associated Press. November 4, 2020.
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  27. ^ Election results from CNN
  28. ^ Presidential election results by congressional district from Daily Kos
  29. ^ Jankowicz, Mia. "A group of incoming GOP House members, calling themselves the 'Freedom Force,' are trying to counter Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'Squad'". Business Insider.
  30. ^ Parrott, Jeff (December 29, 2020). "GOP's 'Freedom Force' members say they are ready to take on the 'socialist Squad'". Deseret News.
  31. ^ Parke, Caleb (December 1, 2020). "GOP Congresswoman-elect on forming 'Freedom Force': Left is 'totally out of line' with mainstream". Fox News.
  32. ^ "The 'Freedom Force': Republican group takes on the Squad and 'evil' socialism". the Guardian. November 30, 2020.
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  35. ^ "Foxx Welcomes Committee Members Recommended for 117th Congress". Committee on Education & Labor Republicans. January 25, 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  36. ^ "Ranking Member Jordan Welcomes Members to House Judiciary Committee for the 117th Congress". House Judiciary Committee Republicans. Retrieved 2021.
  37. ^ "Membership". Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved 2021.

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Indiana Senate
Preceded by
Luke Kenley
Member of the Indiana Senate
from the 20th district

Succeeded by
Scott Baldwin
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Susan Brooks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Maria Elvira Salazar
United States representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Michelle Steel

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