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Vanessa SummersVanessa Summers

IUPUI Board of Advisors
State Representative
State of Indiana
First Appointed: 1995
Term Ends: Ex Officio



Vanessa Summers (D) became a member of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1991 after she was elected to fill a vacancy left when her father, Joseph W. Summers, passed away. She represents the citizens of Indiana House District 99 at the Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis when the General Assembly is in session.

Among Summers' primary legislative responsibilities are her work as chair of the Indiana House Democratic Caucus. She also serves as a member of the Indiana House Standing Committee on Family, Children & Human Affairs; the Select Committee on Government Reduction; and the Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation.

Summers is an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Mu Omega Chapter; Top Ladies of Distinction; and Light of the World Christian Church. She graduated from the St. Mary Academy for Girls and the Mid-America College of Funeral Service.