Rep. Tim Ryan (D) will run for re-election to his House seat next year instead of running for lieutenant governor in Ohio, reversing what had been widespread speculation that he was headed for the exits.
A Ryan aide confirmed a local report Monday that the four-term Democrat would not return to the Buckeye State to be Gov. Ted Strickland’s (D) running mate on the statewide ticket in 2010.
“It’s definite,— Ryan told a local newspaper. “I just don’t see a scenario in the near future where I’ll be leaving— Congress.
Ryan also told the Business Journal in Youngstown that his spot on the Appropriations Committee played a large role in his decision to stay put on Capitol Hill.
Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) is stepping down to run for Senate in 2010.