Portman Won’t Seek Re-Election; Husted Says He’ll Eventually Run for Governor

On Jan. 25, Ohio’s U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R) announced he will not seek re-election when his term expires in 2022. Increasing partisanship in D.C. and his desire to spend more time in Ohio were key factors in his decision.

While there has been much speculation regarding who may seek the open seat next year, one high ranking state official has already ruled it out. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said he plans to “keep doing this job, run for re-election, and one day in the future … run for governor.” 1/25/2021