It's Official: Rep. Oxley Retires
As reported last night in The Fix, Ohio Rep. Mike Oxley (R) is retiring at the end of his current term. He made it official today and has scheduled announcements in Findlay, Lima and Mansfield.
"There comes a time to move on but I am incredibly optimistic about our district and nation," Oxley said in a statement.
Even as Oxley was bowing out, a number of ambitious Republicans were positioning themselves to run in the heavily GOP 4th District. Leading that pack was state Sen. Jim Jordan. Jordan was elected to the Ohio Senate in 2000 after serving three terms in the state House. He is unlikely to have the primary field to himself. A number of Jordan's past and current colleagues are weighing the race including state Reps. John Willamowski, Mike Gilb, Chris Widener and Thom Collier, as well as state Sens. Larry Mumper and Bill Harris.
Oxley's departure also sets off a race to replace him as chairman of House Financial Services, a contest that was already underway due because Oxley's chairmanship was term-limited. The race seems to be between Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) and Richard Baker (R-La.). House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.), who will be term-limited out of his current post at the end of this Congress, is also mentioned as a candidate.
UPDATE: Democrats were quick to send me a candidate list of their own for the 4th district. Oxley's 2002 opponent Democratic candidate Ben Konop, state Rep. Bill Hartnett, Lima Mayor David Berger and Mansfield Mayor Lydia Reed are all mentioned. Keep in mind that President Bush won 65 percent in the seat last year.
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