Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan announced Monday that he will run for the United States Senate in 2022, with the goal of winning the seat currently held by Republican Senator Rob Portman, who announced in January that he would not seek reelection. . Ryan represents Ohio’s 17th district, in the northeast section of the state that includes Youngstown, a former steelmaking center that later attracted automakers. The region has suffered from the wave of deindustrialization that has weakened the economies of the Rust Belt states, including parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.
Ryan, who has represented the district since 2002, has long set his sights on higher office, mounting a failed bid to remove Nancy Pelosi as the minority leader in the House in 2016 before launching a brief campaign for the House. 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Democrats view the Republican seat as one of their opportunities to increase their slim Senate majority, though it will likely be an uphill battle given the state’s shift to the right in recent years . Once an eternal battleground state, former President Donald Trump won Ohio by more than 8 percentage points in 2016 and 2020. Trump even won Ryan’s hometown of Mahoning by nearly 2 percentage points, the first Republican in Capture it from Richard Nixon in 1972.