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Veterans National Memorial Shrine and Museum
I could sit and listen to veterans recall their wartime stories all day. It’s great to see the progress being made every time I visit the Veterans National Memorial Shrine and Museum in Fort Wayne.
Thank you for your service to our great country and for the many sacrifices all of you made along the way!
Congratulations Natalie Fitzgerald!
Congratulations to Natalie Fitzgerald, 2nd place winner of my 2020 Congressional Art Competition! Natalie also won the People’s Choice award for our district.
I’m pleased to have her artwork, that exemplifies American patriotism and honors our military, hanging in my District Office!
DeKalb County Airport Expansion
I enjoyed visiting the DeKalb County Airport to learn about their exciting expansion and plans! Click here to learn more.
Meeting with Auburn Mayor Mike Ley
Mayor Mike Ley is off to a good start in his first year leading Auburn! Exciting to hear about what’s new and what’s in store. Click here to learn more.
Visiting with Grace College Leadership
It was great to be at Grace College with President Bill Katip. As a proud Grace MBA grad, I’m excited about all the positive developments on campus!
Calling on State Dept to Disclose Biden/Xi Private Meetings
Joe Biden’s previously bragged about the closeness of his relationship to China’s Leader Xi Jinping, boasting: “I’ve spent a lot of time—apparently, I was told by the folks at State—I’ve spent more time in private meetings with Xi Jinping than any world leader. I have 25 hours of private dinners with him, just he and I, and one interpreter.”
What did they talk about during those 25 hours? I’m calling on the State Department to release any notes, memos or readouts from those meetings so we can learn what Biden has discussed with China’s president and any promises he’s made. Click here to learn more.
Defending Freedom Act
Over the past months states have instituted restrictions that clearly violate Americans’ Constitutional rights.
When I entered Congress, I took an oath to defend those freedoms, and that’s why I’m proud to co-sponsor Congressman Warren Davidson’s Defending Freedom Act.
The bill directs AG Barr to document federal and state infringements on the Bill of Rights during the COVID response and prosecute serious offenders. This can never happen again! Click here to learn more.
The “Prologue” Episode of My Podcast Released
I’m glad to invite you to listen to my new podcast, “Grounded!”
We’ve released the first “prologue” episode, and you can listen to it now on Spotify or Apple iTunes or at this link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1429045
In it, I explain why I’ve decided to launch a podcast, and I interviewed a few of my valuable team members. I hope you take a listen. Click here to learn more.
Guardian of Small Business Award
Proud to have earned the Guardian of Small Business award from the NFIB for my pro-independent business voting record.
It’s more important than ever that Congress stand up for small businesses and stay out of their way. As Indiana rebounds from the coronavirus pandemic, and after that, I pledge to keep supporting legislation that helps Hoosier small businesses recover and continue to grow.
Hoosier Heroes in Northeast Indiana
Two teachers at Croninger Elementary in Fort Wayne yesterday received well-deserved recognition for their actions in saving the lives of two young students earlier this month.
Fourth grade teacher Christine Levy performed the Heimlich maneuver on a student who was choking on a piece of candy. A week before that, kindergarten teacher Jennifer Johnson performed the Heimlich on one of her students who was choking on a bottle cap.
Congratulations to these two heroes! Click here to learn more.
In the News
FW Business Weekly | Banks eyes GOP leadership role
Journal Gazette | Banks Honored with Defender of Housing Award
EHR Intelligence | VA Launches Long-Awaited EHRM System at its Initial Location
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Indiana’s Third District
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