Vanessa Summers 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 State Legislature—known as the General Assembly—is in session.
Among Vanessa’s 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 & International Cooperation.
State Representative Summers is an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Mu Omega Chapter; and Amazing Grace Christian Church.
Vanessa graduated from the St. Mary Academy for Girls and the Mid–America College of Funeral Service.