Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) announced Monday he will resign from the House in May to serve as President and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, leaving Republicans one less vote and leading to a special election in the traditionally red district.
“For the past decade, it has been my honor and privilege to serve the people of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District,” Stivers tweeted. “Throughout my career, I’ve worked to promote policies that drive our economy forward, get folks to work, and put our fiscal house in order.”
For the past decade, it has been my honor and privilege to serve the people of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District. Throughout my career, I’ve worked to promote policies that drive our economy forward, get folks to work, and put our fiscal house in order.
— Steve Stivers (@RepSteveStivers) April 19, 2021
Stivers has served in Congress since 2010. He reported his last day in Congress will be May 16.
The congressman had been rumored as a potential Senate candidate to replace Sen. Rob Portman (R). Stivers chaired the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) for two years during the Trump administration.
His departure will require a special election for his replacement. The congressman’s 15th district has traditionally voted Republican, with Trump winning by 14 points in the 2020 election.
Stivers has noted he will not run for Senate, leaving a question regarding who will emerge as the Republican candidate for Ohio. Current candidates include former state Treasurer Josh Mandel, former Ohio GOP chair Jane Timken, GOP fundraiser Mike Gibbons and businessman Bernie Moreno.
Trump has yet to endorse any of the current candidates. Others may also join the crowded GOP field, leading to a hotly-contested Senate run in the Buckeye State.