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Is There Space for Space in the Senate?

January 11, 2009 - Joselyn King
The Associated Press is reporting that U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, will announce Monday he won't run for re-election in 2010.

The next question . . .just who will be in the race.

Democrats whose names are coming up for the job are Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

And yet another one is that of U.S. Rep. Zack Space, D-Ohio, who currently represents Ohio's 18th District that includes St. Clairsville and Harrison County.

Space was just elected to just his second two-year term in the House in 2008. Prior to that, he served as law director for the city of New Philadelphia.

It might seem that he doesn't yet have the experience. But then again, our new president spent just two years in the U.S. Senate before seeking executive office.

And that's probably a good thing. Officials in positions of power who havenát yet become an integral part of the Washington beltway probably still remember just what it was like to live back in their old neighborhood before they came to D.C.

They haven't accrued 20 years of political favors, and perhaps many of the tempations of the Washington environment have yet to find their freshmen office doors.

And Space, who turns 48 this month, would be a young senator. The average age in the U.S. Senate is now 61.7; in the House, 55.9.

Among Republicans, the only name to thus far surface is that of former U.S. Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who has served as director of the Office of Management and Budget and as U.S. trade represenative.

The number of those sitting on Ohio's GOP bench isnát particularly thick at this point in time.


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