2022 Women of Influence: Victoria Spartz

(Photo courtesy of the office of U.S. Rep. Victoria Spartz)

Representative, U.S. House of Representatives

Achievements: Spartz moved to the United States from Ukraine in 2000 and became a U.S. citizen in 2006. Living in Noblesville with her family, she started her own consulting business and used her skills as a certified public accountant to work with the Big Four public accounting firms. In 2017, she went to work as chief financial officer for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. Before long, however, some Republicans were urging her to run in the caucus election for then retiring state Sen. Luke Kenley’s seat, which she won. In 2020, she ran to represent Indiana’s 5th District in the U.S. House and won first a Republican primary and then the general election. In her first term, Spartz has led criminal justice, anti-trust, technology, and health care reform initiatives, as well as oversight of the Department of Justice, FBI and aid to Ukraine. She said she’s proud she’s been able to “deliver a number of real results as a freshman member of Congress.”

Career track: Spartz said she arrived at her position “by not being afraid to challenge the status quo.”

Giving back: “Through my professional and civic engagement, I have been involved in a variety of organizations,” she said. “In a free enterprise economy, it’s integral for individuals to give back to their community rather than rely on government bureaucracy.”

Mentors and mentoring: “I share my experiences, mistakes and successes,” she said. “I encourage people to believe in themselves and never give up. All of us face many ups and downs in life, but perseverance and determination are the keys to success. We most regret when we look back and ask ourselves why we did not try.”

Work/life balance: “You cannot balance, but you can prioritize.”•

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