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Congressman Jim Banks

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Congressman Jim Banks

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Jim Banks is U.S.A congressman born in Columbia and raised in the same city and until today, he and his family reside in the city of Columbia. Banks grew up in trailer park where his mother worked as a cook in nursing home and father an auto plant worker. Bank’s family form descendants of Kentucky; deer hunters, Christians and who always voted for the democrats. Banks was an academic performer where in 1997, he attended Indiana University to study political science and this made him be the first member of his family to go to college. After completing undergraduate education, Banks enrolled for master’s in Business administration from Grace College. After completing his education, Banks worked in real estate, construction and commercial Industry in Fort Wayne after which he served in Indiana State Senate from 2010 to 2016 where he chaired military committee and other Senate Veteran affairs. Congressman Banks also served in U.S Navy as a supply corps officer.

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2.Congressman Banks political career began after taking job in commercial construction where his career in GOP politics rose immensely. In 2008, Banks was elected to the county council and thereafter, there was an open seat in the senate following the retirement of the occupant. The seat occupant was Bank’s boyhood dermatologist and this was the motivation factor for Jim’s entry into politics. This saw Congressman Jim Banks win the race in 2010. As a state senator, he took part in final stages of Mitch Daniels governorship. Banks became a revolutionary leader where he pushed for repeal death tax in the state and also joining the movement to adopt right to work law. Banks is a career politician because by having studied political science in Indiana University and enrolled for masters in business administration, Jim is set to draw his living through the political arena.

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3. Congressman Jim Banks representing Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District on January 3, 2017. This district is located in northeastern part of the Indiana state. The counties that form the district are Kosciusko, Blackford, whitely, wells Steuben, noble, LaGrange, Huntington, DeKalb, Allen and Adams. This district has an area of 8,391 square Km, a population of 675,457 people and distribution of 65.14% and 34.86% rural. This district has a higher distribution of urban population than the rural population. Owing to the fact that the district is more of urban, social amenities are an important aspect in the district. These include housing, waste management and public utilities.

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4. Jim Banks is a member of House committee on science, space and technology. He is a vice chair in the environment subcommittee, research and technology subcommittee member, subcommittee on space member. In the house committee on armed services, Jim is a member in the subcommittee of investigations and oversight. He is also a member of the tactical air and land forces and finally, on the house committee on veteran’s affair, he is member of the disability assistance and memorial affairs subcommittee and also the economic opportunity subcommittee. His assignments include enacting legislation, sponsoring bills and voting when passing bills.

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5.During the 2016 campaigns, Jim Banks managed to raise $319,463 whereby he spent $194,849 with the main contributors being BAE systems ($6,000), Ultra electronics (%10,000), American leaders($10,000), Harris corp, MacAndrews and Forbes. The sources of these funds included small individual contributions ($33,134), large individual contributions ($125,680), and PAC contributions ($162,910). It is very interesting to learn that Jim Banks never contributed funds for his campaign.

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6. Jim Bank won the U.S House of Representatives 3rd district against Tommy Schrader and Pepper Snyder. Jim vied on Republican Party while Schrader and Snyder vied with democrat and libertarian parties respectively. Jim won with landslide votes with a percentage of 70.1 against Schrader’s 23.0% and Snyder’s 6.9%.

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county Banks Schrader

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Allen 93,673 40,154

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Kosciusko 15,729 3,460

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Noble 12,288 3,137

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DeKalb 12,104 3,080

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Huntington 11,913 2,538

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Whitely 11,970 2,401

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Steuben 10,591 2,830

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Wells 10,108 2,157

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Adams 9,912 2,263

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Lagrange 7,022 1,865

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Jay 5,407 1,818

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Blackford 679 320

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Source: New York Times, Feb 2017

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Based on the results of this election, it is very evident that Jim Banks is a representative firmly entrenched in congress because he scores more than 50% of the total votes cast. While he has 201,396(70.1), Schrader follows with 66,023 (23%). Both Schrader and Snyder votes combined do not make a half of what Banks garnered hence this make him more entrenched in the congress than anybody else.

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7. Interest groups mainly rate congress members based on how they vote. Groups involved in this ratting include service employees international union, National Parent-Teachers Association, national Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, league of conservation voters, American Conservative Union and Americans for Democratic Action. Americans for Democratic Action is an interest group that is concerned with economic, energy and environmental issues, foreign and military issues, politics and government and social and domestic. The economic, energy and environmental issues include fair trade, minimum wage, and tax reform and invest in America. Foreign and military issues include defence and spending and Syria and Iran. Politics and government includes right to vote, campaign and finance. Lastly on the social and domestic issues, ADA is concerned with good American jobs, marriage equality, health care and education. This interest group rates Indiana 95 out of 100 and on average, Indiana is averagely rated 89 out of 100. According to the group, Indiana is performing well and thus Jim Banks would be considered as an ally by the group

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8.Jim uses some criteria to select key votes such as: vote is important and should be used in portraying members’ stand on a particular issue, should be easily understood by any person, vote commands media attention, vote was defeated or passed by across margin, if a bill is inquired pertaining voters research hotline, the vote will be added.

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9. Jim banks belongs to the Republican Party where he is serving his first term in the congress. Jim talks about how it’s weird to be republican lawmaker where the party is in charge of executing everything where on the other hand, Trump is the president and one knows not what he will say or do but in any case, it will definitely land on your lap. In this article, Banks is being regarded as a fairly ordinary republican in congress trying to find his way in Washington

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10.I admire Jim Bank because he is a performer as it is evident by the rating by America for democratic action. Bank is Quiet and thoughtful who describes himself as an introvert. His humble background is a marvel on how a son born by family of auto part factory operator and cook clings to the congress and also depended entirely of fundraise funds.

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Work cited

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www.house.govwww.opensecrets.orgwww.google.comwww.govtrack.uswww.congress.orghttp://thomas.loc.gov/http://www.govtrack.us/congress/findyourreps.xpdhttp://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/

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