By Kirsten Nielsen
INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Victoria Spartz is an accountant, farmer, small business owner, teacher, immigrant, and now the Republican state legislator from Noblesville with a belief in the value of freedom.
Spartz, 40, is one of Indiana’s newest state senators after being appointed last January to serve the remaining three years of Sen. Luke Kenley’s, R-Noblesville, term. She will face reelection in 2020.
She is taking her skills to the Senate’s Education and Career Development, Environmental Affairs, Insurance and Financial Institutions, and Pensions and Labor Committees.
Sen. Victoria Spartz, R-Noblesville, reviews bills in the Senate Chamber. Photo by Kirsten Nielsen
Spartz came to America 18 years ago after meeting her now-husband, Jason. She moved to Indiana and pursued her education at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, as she already completed her master’s at the National University of Economics in Ukraine. She and her husband live in Noblesville with their two school-age daughters.
Spartz said that it is necessary to understand the importance of freedom because there are people in the world who are dying for it.
“It is a challenge to come, but people need to learn and understand the value of freedom,” said Spartz.
She said she decided to become involved in politics because she needed to “put her money where her mouth is.” Spartz said that there is more motivation to be successful if the government, at all levels, is less involved, and she wants to do her part in and be a part of a country where success in possible.
In Hamilton County, she has previously served as the vice chair of the Hamilton County Republicans, president of the Hamilton County Republican Women’s Club, and as a member of the Fifth Congressional District Republican Central Committee.
While she said she never intended to become an accountant, she realizes the skills she learned has prepared her for the Senate.
Through her experiences, Spartz has learned to understand the process of government, translate skills to a variety of industries, and work in a team full of different perspectives and experiences.
“You cannot manage things from the top, you need to get people on board,” said Spartz. “You are all in it together, whether you win or lose.”
Spartz said her biggest role model was her father, a man who died during her adolescence, and whose discussions with her prepared her for adulthood.
“He always said, ‘You always need to be able to make decisions in life and be responsible for that.’”
Kirsten Nielsen is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.