Jim Banks

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Jim Banks
Jim Banks official portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Marlin Stutzman
Member of the Indiana Senate
from the 17th district
In office
November 16, 2010 – November 9, 2016
Preceded by Gary “Doc” Dillon
Succeeded by Andy Zay
Personal details
Born (1979-07-16) July 16, 1979 (age 37)
Columbia City, Indiana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Amanda
Residence Columbia City, Indiana
Alma mater Indiana University Bloomington (B.A.),
Grace College & Seminary (M.B.A.)
Occupation Commercial Real Estate
Awards Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Website www.banks.house.gov
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 2012–Present Navy Reserves
Rank US-O3 insignia.svgLieutenant
Unit U.S. Navy Supply Corps
Battles/wars Afghanistan War

James Edward "Jim" Banks (born July 16, 1979) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 3rd congressional district. A Republican, he previously served as a member of the Indiana Senate. Banks was first elected to serve in the state senate for the 17th district in 2010, and upon military deployment to Afghanistan, he took a leave of absence from the state senate since September 2014.[1] Invoking an Indiana state law which allows state and local officeholders to take leaves of absence during active duty military service, Banks was temporarily replaced by his wife, Amanda Banks, who held the office for the senate's 2015 legislative session.[2][3] He returned to Indiana from overseas duty on April 14, 2015[4] and resumed his duties as state senator on May 8, 2015.[5] On May 3, 2016 he won the primary election for the Republican nomination for Indiana's Third Congressional District.

Banks speaking at CPAC 2014.

Political career[edit]

With assistance from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) he has supported right-to-work legislation in Indiana.[6]

Banks addressed the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., on March 9, 2014, after he was selected as one of their Top 10 Conservatives Under 40.[7]

Banks worked for NAI Harding Dahm, which was acquired by Bradley Company. Prior to his deployment to Afghanistan he was a broker in their Fort Wayne, Indiana office.[8] He formerly worked in Business Development for The Hagerman Group, a commercial and industrial construction company.

Prior to his election as state senator he served as a member of the Whitley County Council from 2009 to 2010.

2016 U.S. Congress campaign[edit]

On May 12, 2015, Banks announced his intention to run for Indiana's Third Congressional District.[9] The incumbent, Congressman Marlin Stutzman announced he would not run for reelection and would instead campaign for the Republican nomination to succeed retiring Indiana Senator Dan Coats.[10] Banks' congressional campaign was endorsed by the fiscally conservative Club for Growth.[11]

Banks won the primary election, separating himself from five other like-minded conservative opponents for the open seat, with 34 percent of the vote. Spending in the campaign exceeded $2 million as Banks raised $850,000 prior to the primary election and the candidate who finished in second place, businessman Kip Tom, raised $950,000 including $150,000 he loaded from his personal funds.[12]


  1. ^ Hannah Troyer; Indianapolis Star (December 8, 2014). "Amanda Banks fills husband's Senate seat while he's in Afghanistan". indystar.com. 
  2. ^ Dan Carden; The Times of Northwest Indiana (July 9, 2014). "State senator deploying to Afghanistan" (PDF). nwitimes.com. 
  3. ^ Brandon Smith (December 16, 2014). "Amanda Banks Sworn In As New State Senator". wfyi.org. 
  4. ^ "State Senator returns from deployment in Afghanistan". WANE.com. April 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ Niki Kelly; Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (May 9, 2015). "Banks rejoins state Senate after military deployment". journalgazette.net. 
  6. ^ "National Group Pushes Indiana 'Right-To-Work' Law: American Legislative Exchange Council Backs Bill". WRTV Indianapolis. December 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Sen. Banks to speak at CPAC". Fort Wayne Jounal Gazette. March 5, 2014. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.bradleyco.com/about/our-offices/fort-wayne/
  9. ^ Brian Francisco; Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (May 12, 2015). "Banks announces candidacy for Congress". journalgazette.net. 
  10. ^ Brian Francisco; Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (May 10, 2015). "Stutzman enters Senate race". journalgazette.net. 
  11. ^ Groppe, Maureen (September 18, 2015). "Club for Growth endorses Jim Banks for congress". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  12. ^ Brian Francisco; Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (May 4, 2016). "Banks' support in key counties puts him over top". journalgazette.net. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Marlin Stutzman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 3rd congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Don Bacon
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Nanette Barragan