Economics, National University of Economics (Ukraine); MBA, National University of Economics (Ukraine); Master’s of Professional Accountancy, Indiana University; Harvard Business School Executive Education Program on Health Care
KEY HEALTH LINK
Spatz’s father, a chief engineer for the Russian government, was a victim of fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear accident. He died of stage four cancer at 41. Spatz has discussed her mother’s struggle with depression.
Indiana State Senator, 2017-2021
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
Spartz won the Republican primary to succeed retiring Congresswoman Susan Brooks, earning 39.7% of the vote in a field of 15 candidates.
Susan Brooks (R), retired
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
Indiana State Senator (20th District)
Spatz served on the adjunct faculty at the Kelley School of Business and worked at a large auditing firm. She owns real estate and farming businesses. Prior to succeeding Luke Kenley in the Indiana State Senate after his retirement in 2017, Spartz served as the CFO to the Indiana Attorney General. While in the State Senate, Spartz served on the Education and Career Development, Pensions and Labor, Environmental Affairs, Insurance and Financial Institutions committees, and as a Chair of the Audit and Financial Reporting Subcommittee of the Legislative Council.
On The Issues
Spartz supports social distancing and the wearing of masks. She intends to "continue to reduce regulatory hurdles, so lifesaving technology, materials and medicines get to Americans efficiently." In April 2020, Spartz stated that she supported President Trump's decision not to reopen ACA enrollment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spatz has not overtly said on the record she wants to see the ACA repealed; however, she overtly supports free market health care and criticized the Affordable Care Act. In May 2020, Spartz's campaign released an ad stating that the candidate has "fought Obamacare" in the State Senate but walked the language back in a later ad says she is a proponent of "major Health Care Reform." As a State Senator, Spartz voted against an amendment to ensure coverage for those with pre-existing conditions on short-term insurance plans and a requirement for insurance companies to cover children with pre-existing conditions.
Spartz opposes the legalization of marijuana.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
While a State Senator, Spartz authored a bill that would "identify key cost drivers for Medicaid expenditures and reassess payment and legal infrastructure for mental health and addiction treatment services."
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
Spartz said, "We must keep our military strong and provide better services to our Veterans."
Spartz is pro-life and was endorsed by Right to Life Indiana. In an interview with the Indianapolis Star, she "did not indicate any scenario in which abortions should be allowed." She also said that she would "[push] for the elimination of any public money to Planned Parenthood."
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Spartz has argued for increased transparency in health care prices and believes health coverage is something that states can handle better than the federal government.
DID YOU KNOW?
Spartz was born and raised in Ukraine, which influenced her pro-market, anti-socialist policies. She met her husband Jason, a lifelong Indiana resident, on a train in Europe. She immigrated to the U.S. in 2000, and became a citizen in 2006.