Senator Pat Toomey, Pa., Announced Monday that he will not seek re-election to his Senate seat in 2022 and that he will not even run for governor of Pennsylvania that year.
The announcement means that Pennsylvania Republicans will not have their highest-profile politician in any statewide vote during the 2022 midterms in the critical state. Toomey had previously expressed interest in running for governor and was considered the favorite to be the Republican candidate for governor in 2022 if he chose to run for the office.
“I will not run for reelection in 2022 and I will not run for governor,” Toomey said. “I’ll serve the rest of my term.”
The senator added that after his term “My plan is to return to the private sector”.
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The Republican senator was one of the last in the party to announce his support for moving forward with Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation in the Supreme Court ahead of the presidential election.
Toomey is the only Republican elected official in the entire state of Pennsylvania who is not a judge. He narrowly won re-election in 2016, the same year President Trump won the swing state on his path to constituency victory.
Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, will not be able to run for re-election in 2022 due to the limitations of the state’s government mandate. Thus there will be two state elections open in Pennsylvania during the semester: one for the governor’s office and one for Toomey’s seat.
Toomey said he has no specific plans for what to do once he leaves the Senate. He also complimented Democratic Senator Bob Casey, his Pennsylvania counterpart, saying they “surpassed … just about every other split Senate delegation in the federal bench vacancy category and we only did it with some wonderful people. and talented throughout Pennsylvania. “
The senator also mentioned the fight against the opioid crisis and the relationship with police officers as things he is proud of from his time in the Senate and issues he will continue to work on in his last two years in office.
“My intention is to work as hard as possible,” he said. “I will have the luxury of not having a campaign to manage at the same time.”
Toomey also said he hopes to be the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee if Republicans keep the Senate and that he hopes Trump wins re-election. Toomey said Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis and performance in the debate didn’t play a role in his decision to leave the Senate in 2022. He said the reasoning behind the decision was that so many people were offering to help him. to run for re-election or for governor, but he wanted to be “honest” with those people.
“I wanted to let everyone know,” Toomey said.
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Toomey made the announcement in Bethlehem, Pa. The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported Toomey’s plans.
“The reasons I reached this decision are not political, they are personal,” Toomey said. He said he supports term limits and has been in public office for 18 of the past 24 years.
“Eighteen years is a long time,” Toomey said. “And I’ve spent as little time as possible in Washington … but it still ends up being a long time … away from home. And I can’t wait for you to get home.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.