Senator Pat Toomey, R-Pa., Announced Monday that he will not be seeking re-election for his Senate seat in 2022 and will not run for governor of Pennsylvania that year.
The announcement means that Pennsylvania Republicans won’t have a high-profile politician on a statewide vote during mid-term 2022 in the critical swing state. Toomey had previously expressed an interest in running for governor and was considered a Republican gubernatorial favorite when he ran for office in 2022.
“I will not run for re-election in 2022 and I will not run for governor,” Toomey said. “I’ll serve the rest of my term.”
The Senator added after his tenure: “My plan is to get back into the private sector.”
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The Republican Senator was one of the last in the party to announce support for further confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett ahead of the presidential election in the Supreme Court.
Toomey is the only state-elected Republican officer in Pennsylvania who is not a judge. He narrowly won re-election in 2016, the same year that President Trump won the swing state on his way to an electoral college victory.
Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, will not be allowed to run for re-election in 2022 due to the state’s term of office restrictions. As a result, there will be two statewide open-seat elections in Pennsylvania in the medium term – one for the governor’s office and one for Toomey’s seat.
Toomey said he has no concrete plans of what to do if he leaves the Senate. He also praised Democratic Senator Bob Casey, his Pennsylvania counterpart, saying they had “surpassed almost every other split delegation in the Senate in the federal bank filling category, and we have done so with only a few.” wonderful, talented people all over Pennsylvania. “
The Senator also mentioned fighting the opioid crisis and standing 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 final two years in office.
“My intention is to work as hard as possible,” he said. “I will have the luxury of not managing a campaign 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 debate performance did not play a role in his decision to leave the Senate in 2022. He said the rationale for the decision was that so many people offered to help him get re-elected or help with the governor, but he wanted to be “open” with these people.
“I wanted to let everyone know,” said Toomey.
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Toomey made the announcement in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported on Toomey’s plans.
“The reasons I made this decision are not political, but personal,” said Toomey. He mentioned that he supports tenure restrictions and has served in public office for 18 of the last 24 years.
“Eighteen years is a long time,” said Toomey. “And I’ve spent as little time in Washingon as possible … but there will still be a lot of time … away from home. And I’m looking forward to more time at home.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.