UPDATED: Jim Jordan says he won’t run for Senate in 2022


Per The Hill:

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who gained national attention as one of former President Trump’s most ardent defenders during his first impeachment, said Thursday he will not run for retiring Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) seat in 2022.

Jordan “is solely focused on representing the great people of Ohio’s Fourth District, and will not be running to fill the seat of retiring Senator Rob Portman,” a spokesperson for the congressman’s office told Cleveland.com.

“Mr. Jordan believes at this time he is better suited to represent Ohioans in the House of Representatives, where as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, he can advance an America first agenda, promote conservative values, and hold big government accountable.”

Earlier report:

According to a new report from Fox News, Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan is “considering” running for GOP Sen. Rob Portman’s seat.

Portman announced he would not seek reelection in 2022.

Jordan said on “The Ingraham Angle” Wednesday night “We haven’t decided anything” but a source familiar told Fox News that Jordan is “considering it.”

Portman said in a recent statement “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.”

“We live in an increasingly polarized country where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left,” he added “and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground. This is not a new phenomenon, of course, but a problem that has gotten worse over the past few decades.”