Meet the Candidates: Republican Jim Banks, IN-3rd District U.S. House

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Candidate for the U.S. House, IN-3rd District, Republican Senator Jim Banks said both Democrats and Republicans have failed to put the American economy back on track.

Banks began his political career serving as a senator in 2010. In 2014, he invoked an Indiana state law which allows local officeholders to take a leave of absence to serve in the military. He served as a U.S. Navy officer.

Among his positions, Banks supports a strong national defense system, market-based healthcare reform, religious freedom, pro-life legislation, pro-gun legislation, and restriction of tax increases.

As a senator, Banks has voted in favor of amending abortion regulations, repealing ISTEP testing, requiring drug testing for certain welfare recipients, and prohibiting unauthorized entry on industrial or agricultural properties. He voted against measures such as authorizing certain undocumented students to receive in-state tuition, authorizing funding for a mass transit system in Indiana, and expanding Medicaid.

When asked to describe himself in one word, Banks says he is “grateful.”

Banks is running against Democrat Tommy Schrader and Libertarian Pepper Snyder and will be on the General Election ballot in November.

To learn more about Banks, visit his website. For a comprehensive list of his voting record as a senator, visit Vote Smart. To view a sample ballot for your district, visit Ballotpedia.

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