|Junior U.S. Senator from Ohio|
From: January 5, 2011 – Present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Former U.S. Representative from Ohio's 2nd Congressional District|
From: May 4, 1993 – May 17, 2005
Robert Jones "Rob" Portman (born December 19, 1955) is a pro-life Republican Party politician and junior United States Senator from Ohio. Previously he served as a U.S. Representative from Ohio's second congressional district (1993-2005), United States Trade Representative (2005-2006), and Director of the Office of Management and Budget (2006-2007). He was elected to the United States Senate in 2010 by defeating Democrat Lee Fisher.
Views On Same-Sex Marriage
Originally a co-sponsor of the Defense of Marriage Act, in 2013 Portman came out as a supporter of Gay Marriage. In an op-ed for the Columbus Dispatch, he cited his son, who had came out as gay in 2011, as the reason for his change of heart.
"At the time, my position on marriage for same-sex couples was rooted in my faith tradition that marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman. Knowing that my son is gay prompted me to consider the issue from another perspective: that of a dad who wants all three of his kids to lead happy, meaningful lives with the people they love, a blessing Jane and I have shared for 26 years.
I wrestled with how to reconcile my Christian faith with my desire for Will to have the same opportunities to pursue happiness and fulfillment as his brother and sister. Ultimately, it came down to the Bible’s overarching themes of love and compassion and my belief that we are all children of God."
He was one of Six Republican senators to vote in favor of the partisan hack January Sixth Commission.