Ohio congressman will not seek another term
December 30th, 2011
04:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Ohio congressman will not seek another term

(CNN) - Following a redistricting battle in Ohio, Republican Rep. Steve Austria announced Friday he will not run for re-election in 2012.

The two-term congressman cited the state's new redistricting map for his departure, expressing disappointment over the Ohio legislature's move to divvy up the 7th Congressional District and merge it with three different districts.

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The Buckeye State lost two congressional seats after the 2010 Census, forcing the state to draw a new map. The final version, released earlier this month, caused a stir as it pit several longtime incumbents against each other in re-election bids.

On Thursday, Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, who also lost his district, made headlines when he announced he would challenge fellow Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur–a Democrat and the longest serving woman in the House of Representatives.

Saying in a statement he shares "anger and frustration" with Ohio voters over the new map, Austria added that it wasn't worthwhile to run for a different Congressional seat.

"My family was faced with a difficult decision that included possibly uprooting our family to run in another district – which would not have been fair to them," Austria said.

Austria added he will finish out the remainder of his term set to end in 2013. The congressman serves on the House appropriations committee and boasts working as an advocate for the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which is located in his district.

Prior to moving to Capitol Hill, Austria served for eight years in the Ohio Senate and two years in the state's House of Representatives.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed working on behalf of every one of my communities, both large and small, and regret that I will not be able to continue the work I have been truly committed to, due to the redrawing of the maps," Austria said in a statement.

The 7th Congressional District, which will soon be eliminated, includes Clark, Fairfield, Greene, Fayette, Pickaway and Perry counties near Columbus, Ohio.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ohio • Redistricting
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    No loss.

    December 30, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Jason

    One day soon, our reckless economic and military ignorance will be called an act of war. Who will come save us from ourselves? Will they say they are defending their strategic interests? What if they say they are protecting the freedoms of humanity and democracy?

    What if sound money and jobs are only possible when we aren't sending $5 billion out of this country every day?

    What if Christianity teaches peace and not preventative wars and aggression?

    What if we save ourselves?
    Ron Paul & Jon Huntsman 2012.

    December 30, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Mikey

    @Jason – are you really going to cut and paste the same dribble on every story?

    December 30, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. willie floyd

    Wondering the same thing Jason–losing a Rep. in the house is very good!! I plan to contribute at least 10.00 to any Dem. running to unseat any Rep.-no matter what state they represent. I started with Eliz. Warren last month.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012/WARREN 2016

    December 30, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. ej

    All that I want to see in DC is real 'compromise' on behalf of the American people. Anything else is just plain unacceptable.

    December 30, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |