COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Republican leader of the Ohio Senate says he won’t join the race for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur), but he’s keeping his options open for a statewide bid.
Sen. Keith Faber (FAY’-bur) told reporters on Wednesday that his wife, family and friends determined that it wasn’t the right seat, at the right time or the right job for him right now.
Faber, of Celina (suh-LEYE’-nuh), is term limited at the end of 2016. He said he anticipates running for statewide office in 2018, potentially for auditor or attorney general.
Auditor Dave Yost and Attorney General Mike DeWine, both Republicans, must vacate their offices in 2018 due to term limits.
Yost is weighing an attorney general run, while DeWine may seek the governor’s office.