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Jim Banks
Jim Banks official portrait.jpg
Chair of the Republican Study Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byMike Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byMarlin Stutzman
Member of the Indiana Senate
from the 17th district
In office
November 16, 2010 – November 9, 2016
Preceded byDoc Dillon
Succeeded byAndy Zay
Personal details
James Edward Banks

(1979-07-16) July 16, 1979 (age 42)
Columbia City, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Amanda Banks
(m. 2005)
EducationIndiana University, Bloomington (BA)
Grace College and Seminary (MBA)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service2012–present
US-O3 insignia.svg
UnitUnited States Navy Reserve
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
AwardsDefense Meritorious Service Medal

James Edward Banks (born July 16, 1979) is an American politician and military reserve member serving as the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 3rd congressional district since 2017. A Republican, he previously served as a member of the Indiana Senate from 2010 to 2016.

Banks speaking at CPAC 2014.
Banks speaking at CPAC 2014.

Early life and career

Jim Banks was born in Columbia City, Indiana.

Early career

He worked in the real estate and construction industry in Fort Wayne, Indiana prior to his role in elected office.[1] Banks serves in the United States Navy Reserve as a Supply Corps officer. From 2014 to 2015, he took a leave of absence from the Indiana State Senate to serve in Afghanistan.[1]

From 2008 to 2010, Banks served on the Whitley County Council from the at-large district.[2] He won the primary after defeating incumbent County Councilman, Scott Darley.[3] He was succeeded by Paula Reimers on the County Council.[4] Banks also served as Chair of the Whitley County Republican Party from 2007-2011.[5] He was succeeded by Matt Boyd as Party Chair.[6] With assistance from the American Legislative Exchange Council, he has supported right-to-work legislation in Indiana.[7] Banks addressed the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference in 2014 after he was selected as one of their Top 10 Conservatives Under 40.[8]

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 in September 2014.[9] 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.[10][11] He returned to Indiana from overseas duty on April 14, 2015[12] and resumed his duties as state senator on May 8, 2015.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives



On May 12, 2015, Banks announced his intention to run. 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.[14] Banks' congressional campaign was endorsed by the Club for Growth.[15]

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. [16]


Banks ran for reelection; he was unopposed in the Republican primary and faced off against businesswoman and Democratic nominee Courtney Tritch in the 2018 general election.[17] Banks won reelection with 64.7% of the vote.


Banks ran for a third term and defeated physician Chris Magiera[18] in the Republican primary.[19] He then faced off against teacher and Democratic nominee Chip Coldiron in the 2020 general election.[20] Banks won reelection with 67.8% of the vote.[21]


Banks with Vice President Mike Pence in 2018
Banks with Vice President Mike Pence in 2018

Banks was sworn in on January 3, 2017. He is a member of the Republican Study Committee.

In December 2017, Banks joined three other Republican representatives, Ron DeSantis, Scott Perry, and Robert Pittenger, in co-signing a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson requesting Tillerson to release a classified counterterrorism agreement with Qatar.[22]

In January 2020, Banks faced backlash after saying that remarks by Representative Ilhan Omar about her own experiences with PTSD were "offensive to our nation’s veterans." As a child, Omar fled civil war in Somalia and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp.[23]

After Joe Biden won the 2020 election and Donald Trump refused to concede while making false claims of fraud, Banks was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives who signed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case.[24][25][26] Banks later objected to the certification of the election results.[27]

After the January 6th 2021 United States Capitol attack, Banks expressed support for a bipartisan commission to investigate the riot. He later changed his mind and urged his Republican colleagues to denounce democracy and support authoritarian coups.[28] On July 21, 2021, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vetoed Kevin McCarthy's assigning of Banks and Jim Jordan to the January 6 Select Committee, citing how both of them amplified Trump's false claims of fraud in the 2020 election.[29] She accepted the assigning of Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) and Troy Nehls (R-Texas).[30] Banks subsequently falsely claimed that Pelosi was at fault for the January 6th insurrection and that she was using the commission to cover up her role.[31]

In late February 2021, Banks and a dozen other Republican House members skipped votes and enlisted others to vote for them, citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, he and the other members were actually attending the Conservative Political Action Conference, which was held at the same time as their slated absences.[32] In response, the Campaign for Accountability, an ethics watchdog group, filed a complaint with the House Committee on Ethics and requested an investigation into Banks and the other lawmakers.[33]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Banks with his wife and children being sworn in by Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the 116th Congress
Banks with his wife and children being sworn in by Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the 116th Congress

Health care

Banks supports repealing the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare").[37] Banks voted in favor of the American Health Care Act of 2017 on May 4, 2017.[38] He opposes single-payer healthcare, which he believes if implemented would cost taxpayers $32 trillion.[39]


In December 2017, Banks voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[40] Upon the passing of the bill, Banks said it was "a good day for the future of the American dream."[41]

In 2020, Banks voted against COVID-19 economic relief, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.[42] In 2021, he voted against COVID-19 economic stimulus a second time.[43][44]


Banks rejects the Scientific consensus on climate change, describing it as "really more complicated than I can understand"[45][46][failed verification]


Banks supports allowing internet companies to release customer information to the federal government.[37]


Banks opposes federal funding of abortions, as well as Planned Parenthood.[37]

LGBT rights

Banks opposes same-sex marriage.[47][48]

Banks describes banning transgender people from serving in the military as an "emotional issue."[clarification needed] He opposes the military paying for sex reassignment surgery, saying that "I don't think taxpayers should be on the hook for that."[39]


  1. ^ a b "About". Congressman Jim Banks. December 3, 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "Whitley County, Indiana / County Council". September 21, 2010. Archived from the original on September 21, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "Talk of the Town - Whitley County: May 2008 Archives". Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "Reimers wins Council seat | Busco News". Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Jim Banks (Indiana) - Ballotpedia". Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Talk of the Town - Whitley County: Matt Boyd named new Whitley County GOP chairman, caucus chooses Paul Zilz for secretary". Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "National Group Pushes Indiana 'Right-To-Work' Law: American Legislative Exchange Council Backs Bill". WRTV Indianapolis. December 7, 2011.
  8. ^ "Sen. Banks to speak at CPAC". Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. March 5, 2014. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  9. ^ Hannah Troyer; Indianapolis Star (December 8, 2014). "Amanda Banks fills husband's Senate seat while he's in Afghanistan".
  10. ^ Dan Carden; The Times of Northwest Indiana (July 9, 2014). "State senator deploying to Afghanistan" (PDF).
  11. ^ Brandon Smith (December 16, 2014). "Amanda Banks Sworn In As New State Senator".
  12. ^ "State Senator returns from deployment in Afghanistan". April 21, 2015.
  13. ^ Niki Kelly; Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (May 9, 2015). "Banks rejoins state Senate after military deployment".
  14. ^ Brian Francisco; Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (May 10, 2015). "Stutzman enters Senate race".
  15. ^ Groppe, Maureen (September 18, 2015). "Club for Growth endorses Jim Banks for congress". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  16. ^ Brian Francisco; Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (May 4, 2016). "Banks' support in key counties puts him over top".
  17. ^ "Taking 2018 is goal, Tritch tells crowd | Local politics | Journal Gazette". Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  18. ^ "Dr. Chris Magiera Announces Run for Indiana Congress in GOP Primary". WBIW. July 3, 2019. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  19. ^ "Indiana State Primary Election Results 2020". Indiana Secretary of State. June 3, 2020. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  20. ^ Francisco, Brian (November 4, 2019). "Norwell teacher to run for Congress". The Journal Gazette. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  21. ^ "Indiana Election Results November 3, 2020". Indiana Election Division. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
  22. ^ Kheel, Rebecca (December 20, 2017). "Lawmakers urge Tillerson to declassify Qatar counterterrorism agreement". The Hill. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  23. ^ North, Anna (January 10, 2020). "Controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar's PTSD comments reveals how the disorder is misunderstood". Vox. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  24. ^ Liptak, Adam (December 11, 2020). "Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  25. ^ "Order in Pending Case" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. December 11, 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  26. ^ Diaz, Daniella. "Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court". CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  27. ^ Swan, Jonathan. "House GOP memo argues embracing Trump agenda is the party's only option for comeback". Axios. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  28. ^ Delaney, Arthur (May 20, 2021). "Some Republicans Opposed To Capitol Riot Commission Supported One In January". HuffPost. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  29. ^ Broadwater, Luke; Fandos, Nicholas (July 22, 2021). "Pelosi Bars Trump Loyalists From Jan. 6 Inquiry, Prompting a G.O.P. Boycott". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  30. ^ Axios. "Pelosi objects to Republicans Jim Jordan, Jim Banks serving on Jan. 6 select committee". Axios. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  31. ^ "Jan. 6 committee hearing live updates: Panel hearing from four police officers about fateful day at Capitol". Washington Post. July 27, 2021. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  32. ^ Bash, Dana; Raju, Manu; Diaz, Daniella; Fox, Lauren; Warren, Michael (February 26, 2021). "More than a dozen Republicans tell House they can't attend votes due to 'public health emergency.' They're slated to be at CPAC". CNN. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  33. ^ Grayer, Annie; Diaz, Daniella (March 10, 2021). "First on CNN: Watchdog group requests investigation into 13 GOP lawmakers for misusing proxy voting". CNN. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  34. ^ "Members". Congressional Western Caucus. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  35. ^ "The Congressional Pakistan Caucus for the 116th Congress was announced in Houston by its two Co-Chairs, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D) and Congressman Jim Banks (R) in the presence of Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan and a large number of community members".
  36. ^ "Membership". Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  37. ^ a b c Francisco, Brian. "Crowd gets heated at Banks' town hall". Journal Gazette. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  39. ^ a b Bernard, Zach (August 2, 2017). "Congressman Jim Banks Touches On Health Care, Defense In Auburn Town Hall". Indiana Public Radio. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  40. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (December 19, 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  41. ^ Francisco, Brian. "State delegates vote with party". Journal Gazette. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  42. ^ "Banks votes against coronavirus relief bill | Indiana | Journal Gazette". Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  43. ^ "Banks votes by proxy against COVID-19 relief bill, attends CPAC | Political notebook | Journal Gazette". Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  44. ^ "IN Focus: Indiana congressional delegation on COVID-19 relief talks". Fox 59. February 7, 2021. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  45. ^ News, Scott Waldman,E&E. "House Science Panel Adds Climate-Denying Members". Scientific American. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  46. ^ "3rd district rivals sound off at forum | Local politics | Journal Gazette". Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  47. ^ "Top Ind. conservatives fight GOP platform change". WRTV. June 5, 2018. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  48. ^ "Prominent conservatives fight Indiana GOP platform changes". Associated Press. Retrieved March 31, 2021.

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