Senator Rob Portman

Sarah Ramsey

Cincinnati council member P.G. Sittenfeld has launched his campaign for Ohio's U.S. Senate seat next year. 


After Monday night's Ohio State University victory over the University of Oregon in the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship, Oregon's U.S. Senators made good on a bet with their colleagues from Ohio.  Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown from Ohio met with Oregon's Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley on the steps of the Capitol building and spelled out O-H-I-O.  

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There could be four U.S. Senators doing some  odd gyrations on the steps of the Capitol by Tuesday morning. 

All because of a football game Monday night - the national championship game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Oregon Ducks.

There's interest on Capitol Hill in the Monday night game.  Ohio Senator Rob Portman says he'll be watching the game.

Portman, a Republican, and the Democratic senator from Ohio, Sherrod Brown, have a wager with their colleagues from Oregon.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the possibility that Ohio's Rob Portman may make a bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

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Rob Portman said today the Obama administration must move quickly to stop ISIS, the extremist group in Syria which beheaded a second American journalist Tuesday.

In an interview with WVXU, the junior senator from Ohio the situation is much worse because the U.S. did not keep more non-combat forces on the ground when it left Iraq during President Obama's first term.

With the 2016 GOP national convention coming to Cleveland, could they end up nominating an Ohioan for president or vice president? Both Sen. Rob Portman and Gov. John Kasich are being talked about as possible contenders. WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked about it this morning with Jay Hanselman.

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U.S. Senator Rob Portman said he thinks most Ohio veterans are getting good care, but he’s still concerned about the scandal over patient delays and falsified waiting lists at Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics across the country. Ohio’s Republican Senator toured a VA center in Columbus Friday, and said he got a good report on what’s happening there.

WVXU's political reporter, Howard Wilkinson, talks with Maryanne Zeleznik, about the possibility of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman as a presidential candidate in 2016.

On the evening of May 16, in Grand Ballroom A of the Duke Energy Convention Center, about 600 local Republicans gathered for the Hamilton County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner.

Many of those in the record-breaking crowd were there to see and hear the keynote speaker, one of the hottest commodities in the still very early battle for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination – Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky.

Some of the people in that room support Paul’s candidacy.

Official Portrait

Ohio Senator Rob Portman says he's glad the government is reopen, that the country didn't go over the debt limit, and that Wednesday night's agreement included specific language about income verification in the Affordable Care Act.

But he's not satisfied.