State Senator Amanda Banks (R-17) has been sworn in to temporarily fill in for her husband, Jim Banks, who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy. She has also been selected for four committees in the 2015 legislative session. December 16, 2014

News Release

STATEHOUSE – Standing in the Indiana Senate Chamber, Senator-elect Amanda Banks took the oath of office today, officially becoming the State Senator representing Senate District 17.

Banks was elected, in accordance with state law, Dec. 4 by a caucus of precinct committeemen to temporarily fill the Senate seat held by her husband, State Sen. Jim Banks, during his deployment to Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy.

“Representing the residents of Senate District 17 has been a part of my family's life for the past several years,” Banks said. “I'm honored to have the opportunity not only to continue the leadership and values that the district has come to know, but to offer new perspectives on important issues that stem from my unique experiences as a policy analyst, wife and mother.”

Banks majored in public policy at Indiana University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and a business certificate from the Kelley School of Business. Professionally, she has served as a federal policy analyst for Focus on the Family and as communications manager for the American Red Cross Indiana-Ohio region.

Currently, Banks is the vice-president of Allen County Right to Life and co-host of “I Choose Life News and Views.”

“I can't think of a more qualified and capable person than Amanda to represent the people of Senate District 17 while Jim is deployed overseas,” said Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne). “She joins an impressive group of new senators who will bring fresh ideas and perspective to the Senate during the 2015 session.”

During the 2015 legislative session, Banks will serve on the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Transportation, the Senate Committee on Pensions and Labor and the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Military.

Source: The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus

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