COLUMBUS — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) both issued statements Monday in reaction to U.S. Sen. Rob Portman's announcement that he would not seek re-election in 2022.
Portman (R-Ohio) will have served two terms and 12 years in the United States Senate when he completes his current term in 2022.
Brown, a Mansfield Senior graduate, acknowledged Portman for his service.
“Rob and I have worked together on issues that matter to Ohioans, from protecting the health of Lake Erie, to better enforcing our trade laws, to helping Ohioans who are struggling with addiction," Brown said. "We’ve not always agreed with one another, but we’ve always been able to put our differences aside to do what’s best for our state.
"Connie and I thank Rob for his career of public service and wish him and Jane well.”
DeWine also issued a statement from the governor's office.
“Senator Portman has worked tirelessly on behalf of Ohioans during his two terms in the United States Senate," DeWine said. "Senator Portman has been a key partner on helping Ohio with federal COVID-19 relief and other pandemic-related issues.
"Senator Portman and I have had similar policy priorities to help Ohio families, from tackling the Opioid crisis and the scourge of human trafficking to protecting Lake Erie and Ohio’s other natural wonders.
"Fran and I wish Rob and Jane and their family the best in their future endeavors.”