In what is being described as a “surprise decision,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Sen. Pat Toomey has decided to not seek reelection in the Senate and will not run for governor in 2022, according to two people familiar with his plans.
The Inquirer report says that Toomey’s office “neither confirmed nor denied the senator’s plans,” although a formal announcement is expected on Monday. Toomey is expected to complete his Senate term.
Rumors swirled over the past year about Toomey being interested in launching a bid for governor in 2022. The Inquirer reports that there’s “no clear” GOP favorite for statewide office in 2022, although both the governor’s and senate race in the state “could draw wide interest.”
Toomey was first elected to represent the 15th Congressional District in 1998. He served in the House until 2005 and didn’t seek reelection in 2004 after promising to only serve three terms.
Toomey bested Joe Sestak for Senate in 2010 and secured a second term in the Senate in 2016 after defeating Katie McGinty.