GOP Rep Changes Mind Over Running For Reelection

( – After making an announcement last year that she would be retiring from Congress, Republican Rep. Victoria Spartz announced that she changed her mind and intends to seek re-election for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District.

Last February, Spartz said she intended to retire after her current term ended so she could spend more time with her family in Indiana. However, on Monday, February 5th, Spartz announced that she will be seeking another term. She made the announcement just in time to meet the filing deadline in Indiana, which is Friday, February 9th. No Democrats have filed to run for her seat, though nine other Republicans had filed to run, including Max Engling, a former House staffer, Indiana businessman Raju Chinthala, and state Rep. Chuck Goodrich.

Spartz was born in Ukraine but immigrated to the U.S. in 2000 and is now an American citizen. She has been one of the leading Republicans pushing for more U.S. support for Ukraine in their war against Russia. The Indiana Representative is currently in her second term, as she was first elected in 2020 and then re-elected in 2022.

While explaining the reversal of her previous decision, Spartz said she has been urged by her constituents to run for re-election in order to help fight against the “failed leadership” in our current government. She stated that she’s worked diligently on several important issues and doesn’t want that to be erased if she retires. Citing her life in Ukraine as proof that she knows what it’s like to live under tyranny, she said she would be honored to keep working for the people of Indiana if they decide to re-elect her.

Indiana will have at least three new Representatives in the House following the elections in November. Sen. Mike Braun has vacated his Senate seat to run for governor of Indiana, and Rep. Jim Banks is running to fill the Senate seat. Larry Buschon and Greg Pence, both Republican Representatives for Indiana, have announced they are not running for re-election this year.

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