(PresidentialInsider.com)- Former presidential candidate Tim Ryan has announced that he will run for a seat in the U.S. Senate.
Ryan, a current Democratic member of the House of Representatives from Ohio, will be seeking to win the seat of current Republican Senator Rob Portman. Portman is one of the Republican senators who has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2022.
Ryan has served in Congress for 10 terms already. This week, he filed official forms with the Federal Election Commission that identify him as a hopeful for the U.S. Senate.
In making the announcement via video, Ryan said:
“The success of America isn’t housed in the halls of Congress. It lies in the calloused hands and the unrelenting grit of America’s workers. Those who dug the deepest sent our nation soaring.”
Ryan was briefly a Democratic hopeful in the 2020 primary for president. When he was still involved in that race, the 47-year-old said he was a champion of working-class voters.
Nationally, Ryan gained notoriety when he tried in 2017 to unseat Nancy Pelosi from the top of the Democratic Party in the House. Pelosi was then serving as the House Minority Leader.
In his announcement video, Ryan also has his son Brady appear. The two are talking about the decline of manufacturing in America — particularly in Ohio — as well as the importance of family.
In the video, Ryan and his son are seen approaching an abandoned factory when he says:
“Somewhere along the way, something broke. We forgot what made us successful in the first place.”
That kind of messaging is likely to resonate well with voters in rural Ohio — even some Republicans.
The announcement by Ryan isn’t seen as a surprise at all. Ever since Portman announced back in January that he wouldn’t be running for re-election, Ryan has openly been exploring a run for the seat in the Senate.
Reportedly, Ryan has raised $1.2 million for his federal campaign for House during just the first year of 2021. Election law allows him to apply that money he raised to his Senate run.
Republicans have traditionally won Ohio. In the last 30 years, the rare exception to that case is Sherrod Brown, who currently serves as the state’s other member of the Senate.
Former President Donald Trump carried Ohio in both the 2020 and 2016 elections by 8 percentage points.
As such, Ryan faces an uphill battle to flip the seat from Republican to Democrat, even with Portman not running for re-election. This is especially true as Ryan’s district has become more and more Republican over the last few election cycles.
Ryan is a former state lawmaker in Ohio. He first made his way to Congress to replace Representative Jim Traficant, who was expelled from Congress and sentenced to years in prison after being convicted on federal racketeering charges.
Four Republican candidates have declared for the race so far. They are Jane Timken, the former Ohio Republican Party chairperson; Josh Mandel, the former state treasurer; and businessmen Bernie Moreno and Mike Gibbons.