Banks is seeking the GOP nomination to replace Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), who has opted to run for governor of Indiana in 2024.
“Indiana deserves a conservative contender in the United States Senate, but the radical Democrats and the spineless Republicans will do anything to stop me,” he said.
Banks, the former chair of the far-right Republican Studies Committee, backed a lawsuit in Texas challenging Joe Biden’s 2020 multi-state presidential win. Banks also voted against certifying Biden’s Electoral College hours after the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. Banks was elected to the House of Representatives in 2016.
When Republicans chose their leaders for their new majority last year, Banks lost his bid for the stick to Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.). Banks is also close to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
Rep. Jim Banks intentionally gender-misrepresented a senior trans official. Twitter suspended his account.
Banks likely won’t have the GOP field to himself in the Republican-leaning state. Others who have expressed interest in running for the Senate seat include Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.); Indiana’s current Gov. Eric Holcomb (R); and former Gov. Mitch Daniels (R).
The race could turn into a split between the far-right wing and the more mainstream Republicans, who likely favor Daniels. He served in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
The banks immediately gained the support of the anti-tax club for growth.
“Jim Banks is a proven conservative and a champion of economic freedom, liberty and opportunity – we are proud to support his campaign for the Indiana Senate,” said David McIntosh, President of the Club for Growth PAC, in a statement. “Club for Growth PAC and Club for Growth Action stand ready to spend whatever is necessary to help banks secure the nomination and victory.”
Among Banks’ other early supporters: Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).