HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, a fiercely anti-tax and anti-regulation lawmaker who never entirely warmed to President Donald Trump, will not seek re-election in 2022, according to a person with direct knowledge of Toomey’s plans.
But the biggest surprise is that, Toomey, 58, will not run for governor in 2022, when the seat becomes open, said the person, who did not want to be named divulging information from private conversations before Toomey announces it publicly.
Toomey, who is serving his second term in the presidential battleground state, will make the announcement Monday, the person said. His office scheduled an announcement for 10 a.m. in Bethlehem, near Toomey’s home in suburban Allentown.
A spokesperson at Toomey’s Senate office declined comment Sunday when asked whether the senator will announce that he is not running again.
The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported Toomey’s plans. The timing of Toomey’s announcement — in the middle of the presidential election — and his reasons for not running again were a mystery Sunday, even to many Republican insiders.