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Congressman James Banks

Congressman Banks is a combat veteran of the US Navy
He is running for United States House of Representatives in
Primary Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC is endorsing the 104th Combat Veteran For Congress in 6 years; he is a fiscally conservative candidate who will work to rein in the out of control spending by irresponsible members of Congress and the Obama administration, he supports efforts to teach students a comprehensive understanding of US History, he believes in a strong national defense, and supports state’s & individual rights enshrined in the US Constitution.  He will work toward unleashing the private sector to grow once again, to create jobs, stimulate business investment, and supports veterans and veterans issues.  Lt James E. Banks, USNR who resides in Columbia City, Indiana has 3 ½ years of service in the US Naval Reserve and is an Indiana State Senator where he chairs the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.  Lt Banks is running for election in the 3rdCongressional District of Indiana to fill the vacant seat of three term Congressman Marlin Stutzman (D-IN-3) who is running in 2016 for the US Senate to represent Indiana.  Jim Banks was born on July 17, 1979 in Columbia City, IN and was raised in Columbia City.  In May 1997, Jim graduated from Columbia City High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in December 2004 from Indian University in Bloomington, IN.  In August 2013, Jim was awarded a Master in Business Administration Degree from Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, IN.  

From June 2002 to October 2008, Jim Banks worked for Focus on the Family in the Policy Department.  He also worked on the Campaign staffs for Congressman John Hostettler, Jeff Crank For Congress, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, and Indiana State Senator Carlin Yoder.  On November 1, 2008, Jim was hired as Director of Business Development for The Hagerman Group commercial construction company of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  On January 1, 2009, Jim was elected to the Whitley County Council, and remained on the Council until November 2010, when he was elected to the Indiana State Senate, representing Whitley, Huntington, Wabash, and Grant Counties in Indiana.  On November 1, 2013 Jim joined The Bradley Company commercial real estate company, as a licensed commercial real estate broker, and remains associated with The Bradley Company today.


On March 12, 2012, James Banks received a direct commission and was sworn into the US Naval Reserve as an Ensign by a Naval Reserve Recruiter in the Indiana Statehouse, in Indianapolis, IN where he was serving as a Indiana State Senator.  Ens Banks was assigned to the Naval Cargo Handling Battalion 7 (NCHB 7) at the Naval Operational Supply Center in Indianapolis.  On December 3, 2012, Ens Banks began the 15 month training program to be designated as a Navy Supply Officer, which required three two week training periods at the US Naval Supply Corps School at the US Naval Base in Newport, RI, in between the two week training periods in Newport, Ens Banks was required to complete multiple correspondence courses.  On March 12, 2014, Ens Banks was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade, graduated from US Naval Supply Corps School, and was designated a Naval Supply Corps Officer.  Lt Banks received orders to report to the Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Bahrain in Saint Louis, MO as the unit’s Supply Officer.   On October 1, 2014 FLC Bahrain assignment was changed from supporting the US Naval Facility in Bahrain to providing support for the US Naval Facility in Yokosuka, Japan; the name of the unit was changed to Fleet Logistic Center Yokosuka.  


On April 28, 2014, Lt Banks received orders to mobilize for deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.  On September 5, 2015, Lt Banks reported to Naval Operational Supply Center Indianapolis for mobilization to Active Duty.  Lt Banks then departed for US Naval Station, Norfolk, VA for one week of processing, issuance of Desert Camouflage Uniforms, orientation, and admin. On September 14, he reported to Fort Jackson, SC for three weeks of combat skills training, the issue of more gear for deployment, issuance of weapons (the M9 Glock 19 hand gun and the M4 standard issue rifle), and then weapons qualifications training.  On October 7, 2014, Lt Banks deployed to Afghanistan, where he was assigned as the Foreign Military Sales Officer, with the Combined Security Transition Command in the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters (ISAF) on the NATO Headquarters Base in Kabul.  Lt Banks was assigned the billet of Vehicle Commodity Manager in the Foreign Military Sales Unit in the Security Assistance Office (SAO).  His duties required that he supervise the vehicle related and maintenance issues for the entire ground wheeled vehicle fleet for the Afghan National Army (ANA).  His collateral duty assignments included liaising with the ANA, coordinating Key Leader Engagements, and distributing documents between Combined Security Transition Command, NATO, and the ANA.  Lt Banks additional assignments included performing the duties of Foreign Disclosure Officer for the Foreign Military Sales Unit, and handling & distributing classified documents to the members of the NATO coalition and the ANA.  


Lt Banks led over 40 “high risk” convoy missions outside the wire in the Kabul area where he performed various duties as a driver, truck commander, and guardian angel in advancing their missions.  Lt Banks also traveled to, and worked at Bagram Air Base to perform duties in support of the Combined Security Transition Command.  On April 7, 2015, Lt Banks was transferred to the US Naval Station, Norfolk, VA, was Honorably Discharged from Active Duty, and re-affiliated with the US Naval Reserve.  For his assigned duties in Afghanistan, and for leading 40 “high risk” convoy missions, Lt Banks was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, and various Service and Campaign Medals.  Upon return to duty, Lt Banks received orders to report as Training Officer for the Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka, in St Louis, MO. 


In 2008, James Banks was listed as one of Northeast Indiana’s "Future 40 Leaders Under 40".  In 2013, Senator Banks received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Indiana American Legion, the Distinguished Public Official Award, from the Ivy Tech Community College, and received a Certificate of Appreciation for Public Policy Leadership from the U.S. Department of Defense.  In 2014, Senator Banks received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Indiana American Legion, he was selected as the “Legislator of the Year” by the Indiana Department of Disabled American Veterans, and The American Conservative Union recognized Senator Banks as one of the “Top Conservatives Under 40” in the nation.  Americans for Tax Reform have selected Senator Banks as Chairman of the Indiana Taxpayer Protection Caucus.  Americans for Prosperity have given Indiana State Senator Banks a 98% rating for his voting record.  Senator Banks is a member of America Legion, the VFW, the NRA, the Columbia City Rotary Club (Past President), The Gideons, the Reserve Officers Association, the Whitley County Republican Party (Past Chairman), and the Indiana University Alumni Association.  Jim and his wife Amanda of 10 years, have three children Lillian age 6, Elizabeth age 4,  and Joann age 2; they are members of the Columbia City First Church of God in Columbia, Indiana.  


Senator Banks has been endorsed for Congress by State Representative Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne), State Representative Dan Leonard (R-Huntington), State Representative Casey Cox (R-Fort Wayne), Indiana Senate President David Long (R-Fort Wayne), State Senator Carlin Yoder (R-Goshen), New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald, former Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries, Allen County Commissioner Therese Brown, Huntington County Commissioner Larry Buzzard, Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall, Huntington County Commissioner Rob Miller, DeKalb County Commissioner Don Grogg, Adams County Commissioner Doug Bauman, LaGrange County Commissioner Jac Price (now deceased),  Wells County Commissioner Kevin Woodward, Allen County Councilman Roy Buskirk, Wells County Councilman Steve Huggins, Decatur City Councilman Cameron Collier, Allen County Councilman Larry Brown, Allen County Councilman Robert Armstrong, Fort Wayne City Councilman Tom Smith, Fort Wayne City Councilman Tom Didier, Fort Wayne City Councilman Russ Jehl, Club For Growth PAC, FreedomWorks, Tea Party Express, Concerned Women PAC, Family Research Council PAC, the Home School Legal Defense Association PAC, and the Combat Veterans For Congress PAC.  


The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC is pleased to endorse Indiana State Senator Jim Banks, Lt/USNR, who will bring to Congress his private sector skills and wisdom to better solve problems in government and represent the 3rd Congressional District of Indiana.  If you review Senator Bank’s positions on his Web site, you will be pleased with his position on critical issues, they agree with the Combat Veterans For Congress Mission Statement.  We look forward to working with Senator Banks, and are pleased that a Combat Veteran of his caliber is running for Congress.  If you have friends, associates, or relatives who know voters in the 3rd Congressional District of Indiana, kindly pass this E-mail on to them, and ask them to support Senator Banks by working in his campaign, providing financial support for his campaign in any amount, and/or by networking with others who would be willing to support his campaign.  The military is one of the few remaining institutions producing the caliber of men and women needed to restore this nation to the greatness our Founding Fathers envisioned.  We have endorsed another Combat Veteran For Congress that General George Washington would have approved of.  He is a Veteran who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including his life.”

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