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Jim Banks
Member of the United States House of Representatives

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
Whitley County Councilman

In office
Personal details
Born July 16, 1979(1979-07-16) (age 43)
Columbia City, Indiana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Amanda Banks
Residence Columbia City, Indiana
Alma mater Indiana University Bloomington (B.A.),
Grace College & Seminary (M.B.A.)
Occupation Commercial Real Estate
Website House website
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
Awards Defense Meritorious Service Medal

James Edward 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.

Early life and start of career

Banks graduated from Columbia City High School in Columbia City, Indiana in 1997. he received a bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University in 2004, and a master of business administration degree from Grace College and Seminary in 2013. he was a broker in their Fort Wayne, Indiana office.[6] He formerly worked in Business Development for The Hagerman Group, a commercial and industrial construction company. He was chairman of the Whitley County Republican Party from 2007-2011, and a member of the Whitley County Council from 2008-2010.

In 2012, Banks joined the United States Navy Reserve as a supply corps officer. He served in the Operation Enduring Freedom and Freedom Sentinel from 2014 to 2015.


Banks and his wife Amanda (Izsak) are the parents of three daughters, Lillian, Elizabeth and Joann. They met while attending Indiana University, where Banks was president of the College Republicans, and his wife-to-be was vice president.

Political career

With assistance from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) he has supported right-to-work legislation in Indiana.[7]

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.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives

2016 campaign

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 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]


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

Banks voted in favor of the American Health Care Act of 2017 on May 4, 2017.[13]

Committee assignments


  1. Hannah Troyer; Indianapolis Star (December 8, 2014). "Amanda Banks fills husband’s Senate seat while he’s in Afghanistan". 
  2. Dan Carden; The Times of Northwest Indiana (July 9, 2014). "State senator deploying to Afghanistan". 
  3. Brandon Smith (December 16, 2014). "Amanda Banks Sworn In As New State Senator". 
  4. "State Senator returns from deployment in Afghanistan". April 21, 2015. 
  5. Niki Kelly; Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (May 9, 2015). "Banks rejoins state Senate after military deployment". 
  7. "National Group Pushes Indiana 'Right-To-Work' Law: American Legislative Exchange Council Backs Bill". December 7, 2011. 
  8. "Sen. Banks to speak at CPAC". March 5, 2014. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. 
  9. Brian Francisco; Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (May 12, 2015). "Banks announces candidacy for Congress". 
  10. Brian Francisco; Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (May 10, 2015). "Stutzman enters Senate race". 
  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". 

External links

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

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