Candidate Profile
Jim Banks

Republican , Indiana

Biography

Name
Jim Banks
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 3
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

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Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  100%
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  100%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2017-18:  100%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  100%, 100% (cum.)
FRC Action, 2019:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
National Taxpayers Union, 2017-18:  A
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
NumbersUSA, 2019:  90%, 97% (cum.)
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  96%
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  100%, 96% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2018:  95%
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  93%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2018:  92%, 92% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  89%
Club for Growth, 2018:  75%, 87% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  84%, 84% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  78% (cum.)
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2018:  B
Freedom Index, 2019:  70% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  65% (cum.)

92%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  C
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  43%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  25%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  23%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations IN (AFL-CIO IN), 2016:  0%, 15% (cum.)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  9%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2018:  7%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2018:  10%, 5% (cum.)
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  5%, 5% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 0% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  0%
Center for Freethought Equality, 2017-18:  0%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  0%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  0%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  0%, 0% (cum.)
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2018:  0%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  0% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2018:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  0%

8%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

1
National Right To Life

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
27
Aiming Higher PAC (2010), Alan Morrison (2016), Building a National Knowledgeable Security PAC (2017), Club for Growth (2016), College Republican National Committee (2010), Concerned Women for America (2016) and 21 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
63
Allen West Guardian Fund (2018), American Principles (2019), Brandt Hershman (2019), BudgetHawks.com (2016), Campaign for Working Families (2016), Charlie Dent (2018) and 57 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
6
American Maritime Officers (2020), International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (2010), International Association of Firefighters (includes national, state & local affiliates) (2014), International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers (2011), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (2019), Together We Thrive (2020)

Summary

7%

LIBERAL

93%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Life of the mother


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

There are simple reforms we can make to social security today that will guarantee its solvency for future generations but it will take political courage to get there. I chaired the Republican Study Committee's Budget and Spending Taskforce and we included many of these reforms in our FY20 and FY21 budget plans that would not impact seniors but make necessary reforms to protect social security for my generation and later generations.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

This Congress I introduced 14 percent across the board spending cuts to 8 separate areas of the budget in the most recently passed FY20 spending package that cut all areas of the federal budget except for anything affecting defense spending.

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

Military service or for national security interests


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

The government shall not infringe on the religious freedoms of any American citizen.


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Repeal Obamacare and replace with free market principles that create competition and drive down costs.


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

We should fight radical Islamic terrorism abroad rather than allow another 9/11 to occur on US soil.


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Those who go through the legal process.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Evangelical Christian


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

My voting record speaks for itself

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I am proud of my conservative voting record and look forward to fighting for our conservative values in Congress for another term.


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree   


2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

We don't need new gun laws. We simply need to enforce our existing gun laws.


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

Pro-life, pro-national defense and protections for religious liberty.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

Yes, racism is a threat to our domestic security and as a society we should address it and root it out.


Background

Education
  • Columbia City High School, Columbia City, IN, HS Diploma, 1997
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, B.A., 2002
  • Grace College and Seminary, Winona Lake, IN, M.B.A., 2013
Work & Military
  • U.S. Naval Reserve, Lieutenant, 2012-present
  • Bradley Company, Commercial Real Estate Broker, 2013-2016
  • The Hagerman Group, Director of Business Development, 2008-2013
Affiliations
  • Allen County Right to Life, Past Board Member
  • Columbia City Rotary, Past President
  • Columbia City Gideons
  • Whitley County Republican Party, Past Chairman
Offices
  • Indiana State Senator, Held 2011-2016
  • Whitley County Councilman, Held 2009-2010
 

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