U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

Mailbag: It’s political jockeying season in Ohio

BY: - February 25, 2021

One election cycle you’re proud allies, the next you’re Twitter enemies. That’s politics, 2021 style. Welcome back to another installment of the Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag:  Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. What can we expect timeline-wise between GOP jockeying for governor primary vs […]

Former state treasurer Josh Mandel to run for U.S. Senate

BY: - February 10, 2021

Former state treasurer Josh Mandel announced Wednesday he is running for U.S. Senate, becoming the first major candidate to jump into the race to replace Sen. Rob Portman. Mandel, a Republican, served two terms as state treasurer and previously ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate against Sherrod Brown in 2012. He briefly campaigned to challenge […]

Mailbag: Will any Ohio lawmakers run for Rob Portman’s seat?

BY: - January 28, 2021

Welcome back to another installment of the Mailbag, the only column in Ohio that politicians are giving serious consideration to reading. Let’s get to it! Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. Anyone in the Ohio legislature looking at running for Sen. Rob Portman’s seat? […]

For years, Portman navigated the shifting political climate. Now he wants out.

BY: - January 26, 2021

Rob Portman of Ohio will not be seeking reelection to the U.S. Senate, with the Cincinnati Republican citing increased polarization in American politics as a reason to not campaign for a third term The surprise announcement on Monday morning set off an early-week scramble for politicians of both parties to consider a run at the […]

Sen. Rob Portman announces he will not run for re-election in 2022

BY: - January 25, 2021

Sen. Rob Portman announced Monday he would not be running for a third term in the U.S. Senate in 2022. The Cincinnati Republican said he intends to use his final two years in public office to “get a lot done,” noting a hopefulness of working with the Biden administration on the COVID-19 pandemic response and […]

GOP Rep. Gonzalez joins Ohio Democrats in voting to impeach Trump

BY: - January 13, 2021

One Ohio Republican joined four Democrats in voting to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday as part of an effort to remove the president from office with a week remaining in his term. U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Rocky River, was one of 10 House Republicans in voting yes to impeach the president. The final vote […]

Where’s the beef? Portman won’t provide evidence of voter fraud

BY: - January 12, 2021

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is continuing to raise doubts about the integrity of American elections — even after President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election fueled a deadly insurrection at the Capitol while Congress was trying to certify that Joe Biden had beaten Trump. And while he continues to say we need to “restore […]

5 Ohio congressmen object to Electoral College count in effort to overturn result

BY: - January 7, 2021

Five Republican members of Congress from Ohio voted Wednesday evening to reject an Electoral College certification, an action taken hours after a right-wing mob stormed the U.S. Capitol building in a violent show of support for overturning the presidential election results. Those objecting were U.S. Reps. Jim Jordan of Urbana, Bill Johnson of Marietta, Bob […]

Ohio political officials react to violence at U.S. Capitol

BY: - January 6, 2021

This story is being updated. A number of Ohio officials have condemned the violent protests Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Federal lawmakers were debating the certification of the Electoral College count when demonstrators made it past police barricades to storm the Capitol Building. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine called the events “an embarrassment […]

Portman will reject Republican effort in Congress to overturn election

BY: - January 4, 2021

Sen. Rob Portman is rejecting a Congressional effort from fellow Republicans to overturn the presidential election, saying on Monday he “cannot support allowing Congress to thwart the will of the voters.” Portman’s statement comes two days before members of Congress will meet on Wednesday to count the nation’s electoral votes, which were determined through last […]

Mailbag: What’s the deal with the Ohio school funding reform effort?

BY: - December 17, 2020

Procrastinating on your errands? Rushing to get your Christmas shopping done? Whatever the case, just blame your troubles on lame duck. It’s time for another Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag: Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. As a public school teacher, I am curious about […]

Portman says Biden “likely” next president, says Trump’s behavior has been good for democracy

BY: - November 23, 2020

Under growing national pressure, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on Monday conceded that former Vice President Joe Biden is “likely” to be the next president of the United States.  But Portman’s office continued to ignore questions about President Donald Trump’s attempts to get Republican-controlled legislatures to throw out votes and reverse the results of the Nov. […]