If I have done my research correctly, and please correct me if I am wrong, you need to go back to the 1930's to find a U.S. Senator with ties to Northwest Ohio.
Simeon Davison Fess was born near Harrod (Allen County), went to Ohio Northern and later worked at the school. Fess was a Senator from 1923-1935, rising to the rank of majority whip, and also serving as chair of the Republican National Committee in 1931. While in the Senate, Fess briefly served with Cyrus Locher. Locher, a Democrat, was born in Putnam County, went to Ohio Wesleyan and served as Ohio director of commerce before being appointed to the Senate in 1928.
Why the brief history lesson? Well, with George Voinovich announcing that he is going to retire and not run in 2010, potential candidates are starting to position themselves and lining up support. This will be an interesting election with several good candidates from the major parties rumored to be running. What is interesting is the possibility of having this representative be from, and intimate with, the people and issues of our area.
With Rob Portman announcing today that he is running for the Republican nomination, this may be a short fight. He could be such a strong candidate that no one else will challenge him. Besides former Senator Mike DeWine and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (who is currently running for chair of the RNC), no other Republican has the name recognition or credentials of Portman.
According to WFIN, however, Jim Jordan is thinking about running. A quick snapshot of the background and experience of Jordan and Portman shows what our area representative would be up against
Quite a bit can happen over the next 16 months, but until the 2010 primary, I imagine that we'll see nominees from both parties emerge long before that so that the attacks campaigning can start.
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