U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s re-election team announced today that Ohio’s junior senator ended 2014 with $5.8 million in cash-on-hand and lined up some 250 endorsements, including all of Ohio’s GOP members of Congress, all Republican statewide officeholders, current and former Statehouse legislative leaders and most of the state lawmakers.
“I am excited about continuing to serve because there is so much more work to be done for the people of Ohio. Despite the Washington gridlock, during my first four years in the Senate I have made real progress, but there is a lot more to do. We need to fight on, together, to provide commonsense conservative leadership to create good jobs, better wages, and stronger Ohio communities,” Portman said in a written release.
Portman has the backing of more than 90 percent of state lawmakers but Republicans missing from the endorsement list were 11 Ohio House members, including John Becker of Union Twp., Nino Vitale of Urbana, and Paul Zeltwanger of Mason.
Portman decided against running for president, opting instead to seek re-election in 2016. Democrats considering taking him on include former Gov. Ted Strickland, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles and Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld.