There is no clearer role for the federal government than to provide for the common defense and protect America from those who wish to do us harm. In Congress, I will take this role very seriously and work to provide individuals and agencies that protect our country with all the tools necessary to do their jobs efficiently and effectively. It is imperative that we put national security above partisan politics.
In October of 2001, less than one month after 9/11, I was confirmed in my appointment by President George W. Bush to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, including most of the 5th Congressional district. I immediately started my new role as the chief federal law enforcement officer, where my top priority was protecting Hoosiers. Every day for six years, I was proud to be part of a remarkable team of federal, state and local law enforcement colleagues and emergency responders working to strengthen homeland security and counter-terrorism measures.
After being appointed U.S. Attorney, I quickly formed an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council to bring together local, state, and federal officials for monthly strategy sessions. I then helped the Governor form Indiana's Counter-Terrorism and Security Council (CTASC), as well as an Anti-Terrorism Unit within the U.S. Attorney's Office. Our efforts brought FBI training to local law enforcement officials, first responders, and public health officials across Indiana to demonstrate how to more effectively detect, prevent, and respond to terrorism.
Protecting our country from future attacks and keeping Hoosiers safe are of the utmost importance to me and will be a top priority in Congress.