INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) announced Tuesday that he will run for the United States Senate in 2024. The seat currently occupied by Senator Mike Braun opens, and Braun is running for governor of Indiana.
In an interview with ABC57 News, Rep. Banks said he’s running “because Indiana needs and deserves a conservative in the US Senate” and to fight what he sees as the top three threats to our country: China, “Wake -ism” and the national debt.
“We need more conservative fighters in the Senate,” Banks said.
The brand of conservative politics of the Congressman Banks, to which the belongs recent announcement of a new “anti-woke caucus” have made him the center of controversy.
Twitter temporarily suspended his official report for the deliberate misgendering of a White House health official, then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to sit Rep. Banks on a committee investigating the January 6 Capitol Riot and on a unsuccessful attempt Removing Banks from the 2022 ballot, a political opponent accused Banks of “supporting an insurgency” for voting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Banks first won the US House of Representatives election in 2016 to represent Indiana’s 3rd congressional district. Banks won his 2022 re-election bid when Republicans recaptured a majority in the House of Representatives despite the absence of a “red wave” of Republican turnout.
“Voters have been skeptical of Republicans because in the past, when Republicans have had majorities, they have not lived up to their campaign promises and commitments,” Banks told ABC57. “When Donald Trump became President, we saw Republican leaders bickering with President Trump over issues like building the Wall and failing to deliver on one of the biggest promises President Trump campaigned for.”
In terms of issues that could represent trade-offs, Banks sees the economic and military threat posed by China, the fentanyl crisis, and managing the national debt as opportunities to work across the aisle.
“I want to go to the United States Senate to speak out against the radical, socialist agenda that is trying to change America from who we are and who we are,” Banks said.
As a member of the House of Representatives, Banks served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee. Prior to his election to Congress, Banks served as a member of the Indiana State Senate from 2010 to 2016. He has a wife and three daughters.
So far, Congressman Banks is the first to enter the race for the US Senate. As prominent Indiana politicians jostle for new positions in 2024, the Hoosier State will see a new governor, Lt. Governor, a new US Senator, a new representative in the US House of Representatives and possibly other new faces filling prominent state and national positions.
Watch the full interview below: