Feb 5, 2024 - Politics & Policy

House Republican walks back retirement, plans to run again

Rep. Victoria Spartz

Rep. Victoria Spartz. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images.

Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.) announced Monday she is going back on her previous plans to retire at the end of the year and instead filing for reelection.

Why it matters: It’s rare to see such a stark heel-turn in a lawmaker’s reelection plans – though it has already happened at least once this Congress.

What she’s saying: Spartz, who was first elected in 2020, said in a statement on Monday that she had initially “decided to take some time off from running for public office to recharge and spend more time in Indiana with my family.”

  • “However … urged by many of my constituents, I do not believe I would be able to deliver this Congress, with the current failed leadership in Washington, D.C., on the important issues for our nation I have worked very hard on,” she said.

The backdrop: The Ukrainian-born Spartz has emerged as something of a cypher this Congress, voting “present” on several ballots during the historic speaker election last year and occasionally breaking with GOP leadership in key moments.

  • Nine other Republicans have already filed to run for Spartz’s heavily Republican district in the northern Indianapolis suburbs, according to the Federal Election Commission.
  • Several of those candidates have already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, including state Rep. Charles Goodrich, who also loaned his campaign $1 million.
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