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Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan Enters 2022 Senate Race

Rep. Tim Ryan launched a bid for the U.S. Senate Monday. [ideastream]
Rep. Tim Ryan launched a bid for the U.S. Senate on Monday.

Rep. Tim Ryan joined the race to succeed Sen. Rob Portman Monday, the first major Democrat to enter a contest already crowded with Republican contenders. 

Ryan, who briefly sought the Democratic nomination for president in 2019, has represented Northeast Ohio in Congress since 2003. His Mahoning Valley district drifted toward President Donald Trump in the last two presidential contests. 

In a video announcing his campaign, Ryan tours the district in an SUV, visiting a football field and an empty factory. His campaign plans a “Workers First” tour of Ohio this week.

“I am running to fight like hell in the U.S Senate to cut workers in on the deal,” Ryan said in a news release accompanying his campaign launch. “Ohioans are working harder than ever, they’re doing everything right, and they’re still falling behind. Countries all over the world are investing billions in infrastructure, education, health care and their workforce to out-compete American businesses and workers. Our workers need a game plan to level the playing field and bring jobs home to Ohio.”

Ohio is widely expected to lose a congressional seat when district lines are redrawn later this year, and Ryan’s 13th Congressional District could be on the chopping block. 

So far, Ryan looks to have the 2022 Democratic primary field to himself. Former Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton decided not to make a Senate run, and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley launched a campaign for governor

The GOP primary field is already filling with candidates, including former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, former state party chair Jane Timken and entrepreneur Bernie Moreno

Nick Castele was a senior reporter covering politics and government for Ideastream Public Media. He worked as a reporter for Ideastream from 2012-2022.