Ryan ran for president in 2019, but his efforts failed to catch on in a crowded field. He dropped out in October after struggling to make it onto the debate state.
This time, the Youngstown native is running for an open seat in a Republican-leaning state, but where the
Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan announced Monday he will seek statewide office and run to fill the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Rob Portman
Ryan, an Appropriations Committee member, raised and spent about $2 million last year from his campaign account, and raised $1.2 million last quarter amid talk of a potential Senate run.
Portman, a former House member, White House budget chief, and U.S. Trade Representative, is retiring at the end of his second term.
Announced his campaign in a video, where he shows his family breakfast routine – then pivots to the struggles of American workers.
‘The success of America isn’t housed in the halls of Congress,’ says Ryan, who was first elected in 2012. ‘It lies in the calloused hands and the unrelenting grit of America’s workers. Those who dug the deepest sent our nation soaring.’
He drives a large black GMC SUV in the promotional video, as he shows his son the house where he grew up. He sports a gray hoodie, speaks with his son about his upbringing, and stops for a cup of coffee.
Ryan sought to make a similar working class pitch, fused with calls for progressive goals like alternative energy, in his presidential run.
Portman is retiring after two terms in the Senate. Here President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump (R) are greeted by Portman after Trump arrived aboard Air Force One at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base before visiting the site of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, U.S., August 7, 2019
Ryan made it onto the debate stage early in the presidential contest in July 2019, but soon failed to earn the poll support to get back
Ryan speaks with his son Brady in the video, and talks about his time as a high school football quarterback
Ryan voted against Nancy Pelosi for speaker
He failed to break out in a field where Joe Biden became the traditional alternative to more left-wing campaigns of Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
One distinguishing factor for Ryan is his vote against Nancy Pelosi for speaker. It may help him fend off attacks from Republicans should he be the Democratic nominee.
Donald Trump won the state 53 to 45 in 2020, and by a narrower 51 to 43 per cent in 2016.
Sherrod Brown, Ohio’s other senator, is a Democrat who stresses working class issues.
Ryan faced getting squeezed by redistricting. He represents an economically struggling part of the state, and once interned for Rep. Jim Trafficant, who was sentenced to two years in prison on corruption charges.