Indiana Rep. Jim Banks spends a lot of time thinking about the future of conservatism and the Republican Party following President Donald Trump’s presidency. In fact, as the chairman of the Republican Study Committee and a rising star in the House, he sees it as his job.
Made up of more than 150 House Republicans, the group “is really the catalyst for defining who conservatives are, what we believe in, and where the conservative movement is going,” Banks told the Washington Examiner in an interview. “We’ve dedicated almost all of our conversations to that.”
Banks, 41, described in a measured tone how to build a new conservative consensus. If Republicans can “marry” the pro-family, peace-through-strength Reaganism with Trump-era populist themes such as confronting China and taking a stronger stance on immigration, “we’re gonna win the majority in the midterm, we’re gonna win back the White House in 2024.”
Since taking the reins as the