Indiana senator resumes duties following military deployment

Republican Sen. Jim Banks (Photo courtesy of

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana state senator who spent eight months in Afghanistan as a member of the Navy Reserve has resumed his legislative duties.

Republican Sen. Jim Banks of Columbia City submitted his letter of reinstatement on Friday and says he’s eager to get back to work.

Banks returned to Indiana last month. He says he plans to use his recent experience to support fellow veterans who currently serve and those who return to civilian life. Senate President Pro Tem David Long appointed Banks as chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee while he was deployed.

Banks received orders from the Navy to report for active duty before the start of the 2015 legislative session. His wife, Amanda, was chosen to fill the seat until his return. 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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