Political musical chairs w/Reps. Banks, Spartz considering runs for Sen. Braun’s seat

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(Photo supplied/Jim Banks for Congress)

There are potential new contestants in what is quickly becoming a game of political musical chairs.

3rd District Congressman Jim Banks said he’s strongly considering running for the open Indiana Senate seat in 2024. Banks says he’ll spend the upcoming holidays praying and talking with his wife, family and close friends about how he can best serve Indiana. Braun formally announced, on Monday, he won’t seek re-election to the U.S. Senate due to his run for Indiana Governor.

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Rep. Banks issued the following statement:

Today, after Indiana Senator Mike Braun announced he will not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2024, Rep. Jim Banks released the following statement:

“Senator Braun has been a reliable and strong conservative in the Senate and I’m grateful for all he has done for our state over the past four years. I am confident that he will continue to champion Hoosier values in the next stage of his public service career.

Indiana deserves a proven conservative to continue Senator Braun’s work in the United States Senate.

I am strongly considering running for the open Indiana Senate seat in 2024, and I will spend the upcoming holidays praying and talking with my wife, family and close friends about how I can best serve Indiana.”

Another name that has come up as Braun’s possible successor is Rep. Victoria Spartz.

She currently serves Indiana’s 5th district north of Indianapolis in the U.S. House.

Spartz told the Muncie-Star Press that she is considering a run for Senate, but added at the outset she only planned to serve in Congress for six years. Serving in the Senate would mean staying in Washington for much longer.

Network Indiana contributed to this story

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