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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Portman announces U.S. Senate bid

Ending any speculation on his interest, former U.S. Rep. Rob Portman, a Republican who once served as President George W. Bush’s budget director and as a U.S. Trade Representative, on Wednesday announced he’s running for U.S. Senate.

Portman looks to win the seat that will be vacated by U.S. Sen. George V. Voinovich, R-Ohio, who announced earlier this week he will not seek a third term in office.

Portman has unveiled a campaign Web site, ( that as of now, has a biography and a place to click to donate to his campaign.

Here are some tidbits from the site:

Portman touts himself as a widely respected, experienced public servant who cuts through partisan politics to get things done.

During his time in Congress, Portman served on the Ways and Means Committee and was Vice Chairman of the Budget Committee and Chairman of the House Republican Leadership.

Portman left government in August 2007 to be home full-time with Jane and their three children. The family belongs to Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church.

He now is practicing law with the Cleveland-based firm of Squire, Sanders, and Dempsey and is engaged in various community activities, including serving on the board of The Coalition For A Drug Free Greater Cincinnati, a group he founded.

He serves on the Advisory Board of The Ohio State University’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs, where he is co-teaching a course on innovation in the public sector. He is also Chairman of Ohio’s Future PAC, an organization devoted to developing creative solutions to Ohio’s economic challenges and supporting policies that create more jobs and opportunities for Ohioans.

Additionally, he serves on the board of The Nature Conservancy and as a member of the bipartisan National Parks Second Century Commission.

Portman is an avid outdoorsman and a lifelong hunter and fisherman. He also actively supports and consistently participates in two races in the Cincinnati area that raise funds for nonprofit causes. One is an annual 62-mile charity bicycle race that benefits Parkinson’s research and the other is Paddlefest, the annual canoe/kayak race on the Ohio River.

— John Arthur Hutchison


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