It was just publicly confirmed — he is not running again. This is a developing situation and more pieces are expected to fall into place quickly.
“Two-term Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio announced Monday that he won’t seek a third six-year term when he is up for reelection in 2022,” reported Fox News.
“I don’t think any Senate office has been more successful in getting things done, but honestly, it has gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy,” said Portman.
This reality “has contributed to my decision,” he continued. Once his second term is up in 2022, he will have served for 12 years — and he is clearly ready to move on to the next stage of his life.
Portman has been a conservative stalwart in the Senate and his service should be commended. The question on everyone’s mind now is who will ultimately replace him, and some big names are already being mentioned.
Rep. Jim Jordan, former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, former Rep. Jim Renacci, and Reps. Steve Stivers, Bill Johnson, and Brad Wenstrup have all been talked about as possibilities. It is shaping up to be an interesting race.
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