Amanda Banks was elected to serve in the Indiana Senate for the 2015 legislative session while her husband, Sen. Jim Banks, deployed to Afghanistan as a U.S. Navy Reserve officer. Banks represented Senate District 17, which includes Wabash County and portions of Whitley, Huntington, and Grant Counties.
Banks served on four standing committees: Education and Career Development, Veterans Affairs and the Military, Homeland Security and Transportation, and Pensions and Labor. An advocate for veterans and their families, Banks authored Public Law 205 to allow private companies in Indiana to adopt veterans’ hiring preference policies and received the American Legion Distinguished Public Service Award for her work in 2015. Banks is a passionate advocate for life and was proud to author and defend pro-life legislation while senator, including Public Law 113 to require the State Department of Health to determine proper and sanitary disposal methods for aborted fetuses and Senate Bill 334 to prohibit abortion based on disability or gender.
Amanda serves as vice-president of Allen County Right to Life and just completed eight years as co-host of “I Choose Life News and Views,” a weekly, pro-life radio program broadcasted on 11 stations across Indiana. In September, Banks joined the staff of Grace College and Seminary as director of public relations. Previously, Banks worked as communications manager for the American Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region from 2008 to 2010 and as federal policy analyst for Focus on the Family from 2003 to 2007.
A native of Indianapolis, Amanda majored in public policy at Indiana University where she graduated with honors with a bachelor’s of science in public affairs and a business certificate from the Kelley School of Business. Amanda and Jim reside in Columbia City with their three daughters.
The bio above was submitted at the time of the award presentation.