COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Republican Party Chair Jane Timken is stepping down, she announced Friday during an Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee meeting.
Although she didn't say whether she'd be running for Senate, Timken said she plans to reveal her plans soon.
“It has been a tremendous honor to serve as Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party and work with so many dedicated, rock-ribbed conservatives to strengthen our state and stand with President Trump to make our nation great," Timken said.
The announcement comes after Sen. Rob Portman announced he wouldn't run again in 2022.
Timken, a Cincinnati native, took over the party in 2017 but hasn't run for office before. She was recently reelected to serve a two-year term last month, and in an interview with Spectrum News, she said the party is "in good shape."
"We have a slate of statewide candidates that are up for reelection. We have congressional redistricting that's coming up, so we'll have congressional races that'll be critical, and now we have an open U.S. Senate seat," Timken said during the interview.
Since Portman's announcement, more than 20 people have either publicly or reportedly expressed interest in running. On Thursday, former Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton stepped down from her position with the Columbus Foundation to consider running for Senate as a Democratic candidate.
"Whatever my decision, I know with absolute certainty I won’t stop working to provide healing and hope to all Ohioans," Acton wrote.
In the past, Timken has expressed interest in running for the spot, but never formally announced it.
The Ohio Republican Party has 30 days to find a replacement. In the meantime, Vice Chairman Bryan Williams will be interim chair.
This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.
Josh Rultenberg contributed to this story.