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Former Ohio GOP chair Jane Timken announces candidacy for U.S. Senate; promises to advance the Trump agenda

Timken will run in 2022 for the seat that will be vacated by the retiring Sen. Rob Portman.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Editor's Note: The above video aired on January 25, 2021

Former Ohio Republican chairwoman Jane Timken has announced her bid to run for the U.S. Senate in 2022. 

Timken will be looking to replace U.S. Senator Rob Portman, who announced last month that he would not be seeking a third term.

The 54-year-old Timken is a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump.

"As Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, I was a conservative disruptor. With the support of President Trump, I built a party that delivered conservative, America First victories at every level. Now I’m taking that same work ethic and attitude to Washington," Timken says in her video announcing her candidacy.

"As your senator, I will advance the Trump agenda without fear or hesitation – fighting for American manufacturing and Ohio workers, defending the unborn and our Second Amendment, standing up for law enforcement and strong borders," Timken added in her video, which also took shots at former Ohio governor John Kasich and warned of America 'becoming a socialist country.'  

Timken joins former Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel as Republicans who have already announced their bid to run in 2022. A handful of prominent Democrats including Rep. Tim Ryan and former Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Amy Acton are said to be considering a run for next year.

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Editor's Note: The below video aired on February 10, 2021

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