CLEVELAND – Republican Attorney General Dave Yost announced Monday he would not run for the open U.S. Senate seat in 2022, instead seeking re-election to his current post.
Yost’s decision marks another high-profile potential candidate to take a pass on trying to replace outgoing Republican Sen. Rob Portman. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan announced last week they also would seek re-election in their current post. Yost is currently in his first term as attorney general.
Yost told reporters Monday that the “primary reason” for his decision is that remaining attorney general would allow him to do more good for Ohio than running for Senate.
“I’ve concluded that it makes more sense for me to run for re-election, to focus on this job — that I have (a) greater impact here that I could on the back bench of the United States Senate,” Yost said during a news conference announcing an agreement with FirstEnergy Corp. to end a controversial policy allowing the utility to collect millions from ratepayers.
“I just don’t see those kind of opportunities for one member of the United States Senate,” Yost said, referring to the FirstEnergy agreement.
Yost also said he spoke with Portman about his reasons for not seeking re-election.
Based on his first-hand accounts, Washington just doesn’t sound like a terribly healthy place to go to work right now,” Yost said.