Sen. Pat Toomey expected to announce he won’t seek re-election, run for governor

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Sen. Pat Toomey, the lone Republican holding statewide office in Pennsylvania, will not seek re-election and will not run for governor, he is expected to announce Monday.

Toomey (R-Pa.), who is currently serving his second term in the upper chamber of Congress, is most widely known as an ardent budget and deficit hawk who strongly supported term limits for lawmakers.

The Pennsylvania Republican is slated to deliver remarks Monday morning in Bethlehem, Penn., not far from his native Allentown, though his office declined to confirm what the senator planned to announce.

Toomey, 58, spoke to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) by phone to inform him of his decision, according to The Hill.

Prior to running for the Senate in 2010, the former Wall Street investment banker served three terms in the House of Representatives, where he left under a self-imposed term limit in 2004.

Toomey had never pledged to run for a third term, and described his 2016 reelection effort as “likely” his last, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, which first reported on Toomey’s retirement.

While a third term was never guaranteed, his gubernatorial run appeared to be a sure thing to party insiders.

Toomey had been vocal in his criticism of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s response to the pandemic, even rolling out his own plan to reopen the Keystone state’s economy, and repeatedly refused to rule out running to be the state’s chief executive.

“I’ll be thinking a lot more about my own political future after the election next year,” he said in December, according to The Inquirer.

His Senate legacy will likely be centered on his involvement in President Trump’s 2017 tax reform legislation, which resulted in a $1.5 trillion tax cut for both corporations and households.

With Post wires