Ohio congress| A Republican from Ohio will leave Congress and not seek the Senate.

Ohio congress| A Republican from Ohio will leave Congress and not seek the Senate.

Due to Steve Stivers’ resignation, a special election will be held in central Ohio’s heavily-red district.

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) will leave Congress at the end of the month to become the head of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. He will not seek reelection to the Senate and will hold a special election to fill his safe red seat.

During the 2018 midterm elections, Stivers, who was first elected in 2010, served as chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee and had been a close ally of House leadership.

In a tweet announcing the choice, Stivers stated, “Throughout my career, I’ve worked to push policies that move our economy ahead, get people to work, and put our fiscal house in order.” “I’m pleased to share that I will be accepting a new position that will enable me to carry on doing that. I’ve accepted the post as President and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and I’ll be leaving Congress as of May 16.

Stivers told POLITICO that he wouldn’t be a candidate for the Senate. In preparation for a future run, he had raised about $1.4 million in the first quarter of this year. He had been pondering making a bid. However, Stivers is competing in an already crowded GOP primary. would have faced a challenging nomination battle.

Along with former state party chair Jane Timken and former state treasurer Josh Mandel, candidates are businessmen Bernie Moreno and Mike Gibbons. Other Republicans who have expressed interest include state senator Matt Dolan, rep. Mike Turner, and best-selling author and venture entrepreneur J.D. Vance. Given that there are numerous contenders in the running or considering entering, the race for the nomination will be very expensive.

Punchbowl News was the first to report on Stivers’ choice.

In a heavily red district in central Ohio, where Donald Trump won by double-digit percentages in both 2016 and 2020, his resignation will prompt a special election. There are a lot of possible GOP candidates serving in the state house right now. To names observe state Sens. State Representatives, Tim Schaffer, Stephanie Kunze, and Bob Peterson. Brian Stewart and Jeff LaRe.

Even while Stivers’ resignation will lessen Democratic leaders’ concerns about their razor-thin margin, which has been made even thinner by other vacancies, the election is not likely to be close. Currently, there are 212 Republicans and 218 Democrats in the House. There are five vacancies, four of which resulted from Democratic members resigning.

Another special congressional election is already being held in Ohio to fill the seat vacated by former congresswoman Marcia Fudge, who is now President Joe Biden’s secretary of housing and urban development. August primaries precede a November election in that contest.

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