State Sen. Banks called up by U.S. Navy

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) has been called up by the U.S. Navy. He will leave the state for two weeks of training as part of his duty as a member of the U.S. Navy Reserves.

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) issued a statement Tuesday acknowledging Banks obligations.

“Due to service obligations to the U.S. Navy, Senator Jim Banks will have an excused absence for the time he is away with the Navy, which is tentatively scheduled during the last week of the legislative session,” Long said.

Sen. Banks joined the U.S. Navy Reserves in 2012 as a supply corps officer. Banks was elected to serve the 17th Senate District in 2010 succeeding Republican Gary Dillon who did not run for re-election.

The 17th District serves Wabash County and portions of Grant, Huntington, and Whitley counties. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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