Republican Rep. Jim Banks announces run for Indiana Senate seat

( – Republican Rep. Jim Banks announced on Tuesday his run for U.S. Senate in Indiana to replace Senator Mike Braun who announced in December that he would not run for Senate reelection in 2024 and run for Indiana governor instead.

Banks was elected to Congress in 2016 for the first time after returning from a deployment in Afghanistan for eight months with the Navy Reserve. He is a frequent guest on Fox News and an ardent defender of Former President Donald Trump, among those who voted against certifying President Joe Biden’s election victory following the events of Jan. 6th.

Just days prior to his announcement to run for the Senate seat, Donald Trump Jr. criticized Mitch Daniels (former Indiana governor who is also considering seeking the Senate seat) for not being conservative enough for the position.

After the recent $1.7 trillion spending bill passed, Banks expressed his dissatisfaction with the current Senate Republicans who he believes cooperated too much with Biden’s administration rather than pushing back against the bill. He told the Associated Press that “now more than ever… we need conservatives in the Senate who are going to fight back” and resist Democrat policies which he describes as “radical, socialist, and woke.”

In a recent campaign video, Banks addresses many controversial issues in the country, claims “anti-Americanism” is being taught throughout schools as well as the military, and that “radical Democrats and the spineless Republicans” will do everything they can to stop him.

Banks supported McCarthy during his battle to become Speaker of the House this month, and he still maintains a relationship with Trump, dropping in for occasional visits. He also joined Trump on a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in 2021. Last week he informed the former president (who won the state of Indiana by wide margins during the 2016 and 2020 elections) of his decision to run for the Senate seat.

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