Portman Won’t Seek Reelection in 2022

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U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced Monday morning that he won’t seek another six-year term in the United States Senate when his current term expires in 2022.

“This doesn’t mean I’m leaving now – I still have two more years in my term and I intend to use that time to get a lot done,” said Portman. “Over the next two years, I look forward to being able to focus all my energy on legislation and the challenges our country faces rather than on fundraising and campaigning.

He also said the decision not to seek reelection was a difficult one and that’s it’s been an honor to serve Ohio.

Portman said he plans to return to Ohio full time and made his decision now to allow whichever Republicans who choose to run plenty of time to gear up for a statewide race.

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