January 25, 2021


Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement regarding Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-OH) retirement announcement:

“For almost three decades, the U.S. Chamber has enjoyed a strong partnership with Senator Rob Portman. From Senator Portman's leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives to his tenure as the U.S. Trade Representative and White House Budget Director, Portman has been a steadfast champion for free enterprise and the business community. In the U.S. Senate, Portman played a crucial role in passing several meaningful pieces of legislation, most recently the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, and the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act in 2016 among others.

"Portman represented his Ohio constituents with distinction, and his career reflects the best that public service has to offer. He is a role model for all to follow, including his colleagues and younger Americans interested in pursuing a career in government. Beyond the Senator's incredible leadership and accomplishments, he exemplified bipartisanship and a dedication to reaching across the aisle for the good of all Americans. For these reasons and more, it has been our honor to award Senator Portman with the Chamber's Spirit of Enterprise award and support his political campaigns.

“We thank Senator Portman for his commitment to life in public service and look forward to working with him in the 117th Congress on behalf of businesses and communities across the country.”