GOP state senator’s wife seeks to fill in for him

Republican Sen. Jim Banks (Photo courtesy of

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana state senator’s wife says she’ll seek to take his place in the Legislature next year while he’s on military deployment to Afghanistan.

Amanda Banks announced Thursday she would ask Republican precinct committee members to select her as the temporary replacement for her husband, Sen. Jim Banks of Columbia City.

Jim Banks said a couple of weeks ago that he is to start a Navy Reserve deployment in September and return at the end of April, causing him to miss the 2015 legislative session. He’s unopposed for re-election this fall in his northeastern Indiana district.

Amanda Banks is a former policy analyst for the conservative group Focus on the Family. She is vice president of Allen County Right to Life and a host of its weekly radio program. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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