Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanRep. Brown to run for Maryland attorney general Pennsylvania Republican becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet MORE (D-Ohio) is planning to declare a 2022 campaign for the open Ohio Senate seat by the beginning of March, The New York Times reported on Monday.
Democrats who have spoken to Ryan told the Times that he is expected to throw his hat in the ring to fill the seat being vacated by Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanAfter 35 years, Congress should finally end the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine Biden needs to be both Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan MORE (R-Ohio), who announced last month that he would not run for reelection.
Several party members are encouraging Ryan to run, including former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump to attend World Series Game 4 in Atlanta Pavlich: Democrats' weaponization of the DOJ is back Mellman: The trout in the milk MORE and Rep. Marcy KapturMarcia (Marcy) Carolyn KapturAcquiescing to Berlin, emboldening Moscow and squeezing Kyiv: Biden and Nordstream 2 OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats lay out vision for Civilian Climate Corps | Manchin to back controversial public lands nominee | White House details environmental justice plan Democrats lay out vision for Civilian Climate Corps MORE (D-Ohio). Ryan has also reportedly reached out to a number of Ohio and national Democrats.
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) told the Times that he believes Ryan is “the person with the best chance, given this political climate we’re in” and Ohio’s increasingly Republican voting patterns.
The Ohio chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has already endorsed Ryan for the Senate seat, even though he hasn’t announced a campaign.
A representative for Ryan's office said they could not confirm the Times report.
Ryan, who has served in the House for 18 years and represents a district with many blue-collar workers and union members, told the Times when asked about his discussions with fellow Democrats that he was “encouraged by their support, enthusiasm and commitment.”
“The U.S. Senate needs another working-class voice, and I’m very serious about the opportunity to continue representing the people of Ohio,” he told the newspaper.
The former battleground state has been red ever since former President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Milley warns of 'Sputnik moment' for China WSJ publishes letter from Trump continuing to allege voter fraud in PA Oath Keeper who was at Capitol on Jan. 6 runs for New Jersey State Assembly MORE’s election victory there in 2016. Trump won the state by 8 percentage points in both 2016 and 2020.
Ryan, who launched a brief White House bid in 2019, performed better in his district than President Biden, but Democrats lost several seats in other down-ballot races across the state.
If he runs for the Senate, Ryan will likely face other Democratic contenders in the race. Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley and former state Department of Health Director Amy Acton are considering running, according to The Plain Dealer.
Portman announced he would retire after his term ends in 2022, joining two other Republican senators, Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrInternal poll shows McCrory with double-digit lead in North Carolina GOP Senate primary Democratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races McConnell gets GOP wake-up call MORE (R-N.C.) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.).