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Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan won't run for Portman's Senate seat in 2022

By Jean Lotus
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan won't run for Portman's Senate seat in 2022
Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio speaks during a hearing of the House oversight and reform committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on August 24, 2020. Photo by Tom Brenner/UPI/Pool | License Photo

Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan will not run for the seat held by Sen. Rob Portman, who surprised many this week by saying he won't run to keep it in 2022.

Jordan's office told The Cleveland Plain Dealer on Thursday that the top Republican on the House judiciary committee plans to remain as a representative of Ohio's 4th District in the House.

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"I'm focused on serving the folks in the 4th District that I get the privilege to represent," Jordan told WLIO-TV.

Portman announced Monday he won't seek re-election for a third term, citing partisan "gridlock" in Congress that he blamed partly on former President Donald Trump.

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With Jordan out of the race, several other Ohio Republicans are being mentioned as potential Republican primary candidates for Portman's seat, including Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, Reps. Steve Stivers and Pat Tiberi.

The potential Democratic hopefuls include Reps. Tim Ryan and Joyce Beatty and Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio's public heath director who's gained visibility during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ohio has long been considered a battleground state. Former President Donald Trump carried the state in both 2016 and 2020 and Jordan has been one of his staunchest defenders in Congress. He was awarded the presidential medal of freedom in the final days of Trump's term.

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Jordan, 56, has also been a vocal critic of House lawmakers who voted quickly to impeach Trump this month for inciting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. He said it was an example of Democrats' "obsession."

An ally of House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, Jordan was one of a group of House Republicans who denied President Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election and sought to block certification in Congress.

Trump won 67% of the vote in Jordan's district last November.

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