Republican Senator Rob Portman has stated that he will not be running for the White House in 2016.
The former White House budget chief and trade representative, is known for breaking with the views of the Republican party when he backed gay marriage.
Instead of running for the White House Rob Portman will be looking to secure a second term as a senator.
According to a statement seen by Reuters, the Ohio lawmaker said he could not be an effective senator and campaign for the White House at the same time, and sees potential in the new Republican majority in Congress to tackle issues such as revamping the tax code, overhauling the nation’s energy sector and boosting exports.
The decision of Portman not to stand for the White House in 2016 comes as members of the Republican party prepare to take over the Senate in January. The shift in the dynamic in the Senate comes after the massive wins of the party during the recently held mid-term elections.
The Republican party will have control of both of the houses of Congress in January when the changes take place.
According to Reuters, Rob Portman said: “With the new Republican majority, I see a real opportunity over the next two years to break the gridlock in Washington and actually get things done to help Ohioans and all Americans.”
Rob Portman was able to gain support from members of the Democrat party when he backed the support for gay marriage. This decision came after his own son revealed that he was gay to his father some two years earlier.
His more liberal views made him a good bet for the White House in 2016 as he would potentially appeal to both the left and the right in the US.
Portman is also known for his focus on fiscal matters thanks to him serving as the head of the Office of Management and Budget and was the U.S. trade representative under Republican President George W. Bush.
According to Reuters, other potential Republican presidential candidates in 2016 include Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
“I know it will not be easy to break the gridlock and make Washington work,” Portman said.