Citing Washington gridlock and worsening political polarization, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), a fixture of the Republican Party establishment, announced on Monday that he will not seek reelection in 2022.
“We live in an increasingly polarized country where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground,” said Portman in a statement explaining what he said “was not an easy decision.”
“This is a tough time to be in public service,” Portman continued. “For many of the issues I am most passionate about, I will continue to make a difference outside of the Senate, beyond 2022. In the meantime, I am hopeful that President Biden will follow through on his inaugural pledge to reach across the aisle, and I am prepared to work with him and his administration if he does.”