Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced Monday that he will not seek reelection in 2022 ― a welcome piece of news to Democrats looking to grow their razor-thin majority in the Senate.
“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,” Portman said in a statement released by his office on Monday.
Senator Portman was one of the few Republicans to publicly support the certification of election results for Biden along with condemnation of the Capitol siege.
It remains to be seen how his announced departure would mean for his impending vote on the Trump impeachment trial.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.