Since being elected to serve as the representative for Indiana’s 3rd congressional district on January 3, 2017, Congressman Jim Banks has quickly solidified his position as one of President Donald Trump’s biggest House allies.
Banks is a member of the House Armed Services Committee as well as the House Committees on Education and Labor, and Veterans’ Affairs. Serving in these roles, Banks has not only kept his promises to strengthen the economy, rebuild our military and care for our nation’s heroes, but he has worked alongside President Trump to roll back some of the most egregious and burdensome Obama-era rules and regulations.
As a native Hoosier, born and raised in Columbia City, Banks also knows what it takes to balance a budget. He believes Washington ought to do the same, and that is why he was tapped to serve as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee’s Budget and Spending Task Force. In this role, he and his colleagues have produced the only serious budget in Congress to get our nation’s fiscal house in order.
Banks currently serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a Supply Corps officer. In 2014 and 2015, he took a leave of absence from the Indiana State Senate to deploy to Afghanistan during Operations Enduring Freedom and Freedom’s Sentinel. During his deployment, his wife, Amanda, was elected to serve in his place. Respectively, Amanda and Jim fought for Hoosiers by advancing many significant pro-growth, pro-family, and pro-veteran reforms on the state level. Jim now continues this fight in Congress.
In addition to his service in the State Senate, Congressman Banks is also a past president of the Columbia City Rotary Club, former chairman of the Whitley County Republican Party, and has served on the Whitley County Council and Northeast Indiana Workforce Development Board. He currently co-chairs the House Armed Services Committee’s Future of Defense Task Force and sits on the Naval Academy’s Board of Visitors.
His work in Congress has earned recognition from many of our nation’s top advocacy groups and associations including: Family Research Council for his 100% pro-life, pro-family voting record, NFIB for championing small businesses, FreedomWorks for his dedication to economic freedom and personal liberty, and he has continually earned an A rating from the National Rifle Association for his unwavering defense of the Second Amendment.
Congressman Banks and his wife Amanda are the proud parents to three daughters, Lillian, Elizabeth, and Joann. They are honored to call northeast Indiana home.