Rob Portman

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
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More than 200 people have been arrested in connection with the insurrection in Washington D.C., and 10 of them are from Ohio.

Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says systemic racism in home lending will be one of the top priorities for the banking committee he now chairs.

Updated Feb. 25, 4:39 p.m. ET

The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to pass the Equality Act, a bill that would ban discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It would also substantially expand the areas to which those discrimination protections apply.

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Former U.S. Capitol Security officials told Congress during a joint hearing on Tuesday they did not have sufficient information ahead of Jan. 6 to accurately predict the scale of the attack.

In this file photo from Oct. 6, 2020, Jane Timken, the Chairwoman of the Ohio Republican Party, speaks at the Hamilton County Board of Elections during early voting in Norwood, Ohio.
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Former Ohio Republican Party chair Jane Timken is officially joining the race for U.S. Senate.

The two early favorites for the 2022 GOP nomination for U.S. Senate – former Ohio Republican Party chair Jane Timken and former state treasurer Josh Mandel – have been trying to one-up each other lately to prove who has the most undying loyalty to former President Donald Trump.

Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel speaking.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the first official candidiate vying for Sen. Rob Portman's seat, and the many others who are weighing their chances.

Josh Mandel speaks at the Ohio Republican Party election night celebration in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 4, 2014.
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Republicans have their first official candidate for the 2022 U.S. Senate race. Former state treasurer Josh Mandel is launching his third try at that office, and says it was former President Trump’s impeachment that put him in the race for Sen. Rob Portman's seat.

So, is the notion of Dr. Amy Acton as a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate realistic?

Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel speaking.
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Republican Josh Mandel, a Marine veteran and former state treasurer, will make a third run for the U.S. Senate in Ohio. He's the first candidate to officially announce for the seat being vacated by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

In this file photo from Oct. 6, 2020, Jane Timken, the Chairwoman of the Ohio Republican Party, speaks at the Hamilton County Board of Elections during early voting in Norwood, Ohio.
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Jane Timken, leader of the Ohio Republican Party, has stepped down from her position, just one more sign that she might be running for U.S. Senate in 2022.

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton holds up a mask as she gives an update about the state's response to coronavirus, on Feb. 27, 2020 in Cleveland.
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Former Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Amy Acton is exploring a run for the U.S. Senate.

There are two things the voters of Ohio have never done – elect an African American or a woman to the United States Senate.

You can't blame the voters of the Buckeye State for this. No African American has been the nominee of either major political party for a Senate seat; and only one woman – a white woman – has run. And she lost the general election.

In this Jan. 19, 2021 file photo, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks to members of the media outside a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Sen. Rob Portman's decision not to seek re-election to the U.S. Senate surprised politicos on both sides of the aisle, who now see a much clearer path to high office.

In this April 16, 2018 file photo, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks during a news conference at a Kroger supermarket as the company announces new associate benefits attributed to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, in Cincinnati.
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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) was among the 10 Republican Senators who met with President Biden on Monday to talk about their COVID relief packages. Even though the Republicans' plan is a third the size of the one Democrats want, Portman is hoping for more talks on those dueling deals.

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