(RepublicanPress.org) – US Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) has worked in public services for 30 years and counting. He served 12 years in the US House of Representatives, 8 years in the White House, and 10 years in the Senate. However, it seems his time in national politics is over.
On Monday, January 25, 2021, Portman announced his decision not to run for another term of office in the Senate when his current term ends in 2022. According to his press release, “partisan gridlock” was a contributing factor to his decision to retire from national politics.
My statement on the 2022 election and how I plan to finish the last two years of my Senate term strong👇
— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) January 25, 2021
He concluded his statement vowing to take on the coronavirus pandemic and to work to bring the country back together to heal and face its many challenges moving forward.
Losing a long-term incumbent like Portman normally wouldn’t bode well under ordinary circumstances. However, with the Senate evenly split, it’s even worse. Republicans can’t afford to lose a single seat.
On the other hand, there is a brighter side to 2022; if history repeats itself, Republicans could gain several Senate seats in the 2022 midterms like they did the last time a Democrat occupied the White House. Republicans picked up 5 seats in the Senate and 63 in the House during the 2010 midterms, giving them control of both chambers for the first time in decades. Hopefully, the GOP will enjoy similar gains in 2022.
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