By Jonathan Nicholson
Ohio Republican Rob Portman, a longtime fixture in Washington often characterized as a member of the GOP’s moderate wing in the Senate, said Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2022, citing the increased polarization in the nation’s capital.
“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, and that has contributed to my decision,” he said in a statement.
Portman was elected to the House of Representatives in 1992, where he served until 2005, when he joined the George W. Bush administration as U.S. trade representatives. He was later the director of the Office of Management and Budget. He was first elected to the Senate in 2010, retained his seat in 2016, and was considered likely to be re-elected in 2022.