Rip. Jim Banks, R-Ind., announced his campaign Tuesday for the Senate seat held by GOP Sen. Mike Brown. Who decided against seeking re-election in 2024. And will instead run for Indiana governor.
Banks, a staunch ally of former President Trump, is the first candidate in the Senate race.
“Radical, socialist Democrats are trying to change America. But I won’t let them,” Banks said in a video announcing his campaign. “I’ve been on the front lines of the fight for America First policies in Congress.” Including increased border security, trade sanctions on China and opposition to abortion. Transgender girls competing in sports and critical race theory.
“Indiana deserves a conservative warrior in the United States Senate. But hardline Democrats and spineless Republicans. Are going to do everything they can to stop me,” he said.
Last year, Banks, a former chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee. Ran in a tough three-way race for House majority whip, the No. 3 job in the GOP leadership, but Rep. Tom lost to Emma, R-Minn. On the second ballot.
Tuesday’s announcement came days after the conservative group.
Action for Growth pledged to spend money. On ads against former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels if he ran for the Senate seat vacated by Brown.
Banks’ Senate campaign for Rep. Larry Bushon, R-Ind. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., is supported by state Rep. Michelle Davis and state Sen. Justin Bush.
Banks endorsed elected House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. R-Calif., in 15 contested rounds of balloting this month. In 2021, Banks was among five Republicans who then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi. D-Calif., allowed McCarthy to join. The select committee formed to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. After Pelosi rejected Banks and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, McCarthy withdrew five names.
Banks appears on Fox News and often echoes accusations aired by Trump and his allies. He helped pass legislation in 2020 that accused. The Chinese government of making a series. Of “serious mistakes” in its handling of the pandemic. Banks’ Twitter account was suspended in 2021 when he targeted a senior Health. And Human Services official, Dr. Rachel Levin. The first transgender person to hold an office that requires Senate confirmation.
Banks has also been vocal about his support for Trump.
Whose support for some. Candidates in the midterm elections has Jim failed to help Republicans win those seats. After Republicans’ poor performance in the midterm elections. Banks told Fox News that Trump “remains a very popular. Figure in the Republican Party in every corner of the country.”
Amid Trump’s refusal to concede a 2020 presidential run. Banks was among House Republicans who backed a Texas. Lawsuit challenging then-President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victories in several states. He also voted against certifying Biden’s victory. After a mob of Trump supporters breached the Capitol on January 6, 2021.