Indiana State Senator To Be Deployed

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

Indiana State Senator To Be Deployed

July 8, 2014 Updated Jul 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (21Alive) -- State Senator Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) announced today that he will be deploying to Afghanistan later this year to serve as a supply corps officer in the the U.S. Navy Reserves.

Banks is scheduled to return from the deployment in May of 2015, which means he will miss the entire 2015 legislative session. Banks is up for reelection this fall and if he wins he will take his oath of office via Skype and then submit a leave of absence for the 2015 legislative session.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R- Fort Wayne) was on hand at today's announcement and said:

“Senator Banks is a true public servant, and the entire Senate family is proud of his commitment to serving our country as a naval officer,” Long said. “We will certainly miss Jim’s expertise and talent in the Senate while he’s away, but we wish him a safe and successful deployment and look forward to welcoming him back home when his service is completed.”

Banks has served in the Navy since 2012 and holds the rank of lieutenant junior grade.

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