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ICYMI: Another “Political Blow” for Ted Strickland

Ohio Conference of Teamsters Endorses Rob Portman for U.S. Senate

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Yesterday, the Portman for Senate Campaign announced that the Ohio Conference of Teamsters, representing over 50,000 members from across Ohio, endorsed Rob Portman's re-election to the U.S. Senate. Pat Darrow, President of the Ohio Conference of Teamsters said, "Rob is fighting for middle-class jobs and higher wages for the people of Ohio, and he has fought with us to protect our pensions." The Teamsters endorsement is an important recognition of Rob’s leadership protecting Ohio's working families and is considered a major blow to Ted Strickland both because the group rarely endorses Republicans and because they endorsed the former Governor in 2006 and 2010. Don't just take our word for it – here is what they are saying:


Ohio AP: The announcement by the 50,000-member Ohio Conference of Teamsters was an important campaign endorsement for Portman and a political blow to Strickland.

Cincinnati Enquirer: Teamsters union picks Rob Portman in Senate race

Columbus Dispatch: The union endorsed Strickland in both his 2006 and 2010 bids for governor, and has traditionally backed Democrats over Republicans in recent years.

Roll Call: The union endorsement is a coup for Portman, considering that the group backed Portman's Democratic opponent Ted Strickland in his successful bid for governor in 2006 and his unsuccessful bid for re-election four years later.

NBC Toledo: Ohio Teamsters endorse Republican Portman in re-election campaign

Washington Examiner: The state's Teamsters thus helps Republican chances of retaining the Senate in a difficult year for the GOP.

Toledo Blade: The Ohio Teamsters union supported Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland when he ran for governor in 2006 and 2010 and backed Mr. Portman’s 2010 Democratic opponent, Lee Fisher.

Politico: The endorsement is the second significant union endorsement for Portman, who won support from the United Mineworkers in June.

The Hill: A labor union is throwing its support behind Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in his reelection bid, a political win for the lawmaker and a blow to his Democratic opponent.


In 2006 and 2010, the Teamsters endorsed Ted Strickland.

  • In 2006, the Teamsters endorsed Ted Strickland for Governor and Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate
  • In 2010, the Teamsters endorsed Ted Strickland for Governor, Lee Fisher for U.S. Senate, Richard Cordray for Attorney General, David Pepper for Auditor, Maryellen O’Shaughnessy for Secretary of State, and Kevin Boyce for Treasurer
  • In 2012, the Teamsters endorsed Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate and Barack Obama for President. 
  • In 2014, the Teamsters endorsed Ed FitzGerald for Governor, John Patrick Carney for Auditor, Nina Turner for Secretary of State, Connie Pillich for Treasurer, and David Pepper for Attorney General. 

Rob is the author of the Pension Accountability Act, which protects Teamsters in Ohio and around the country from unfairly having their pensions cut without any say in the process. Rob's bill would give the Teamster retirees a seat at the table and ensure their voices are heard.

Rob introduced and passed the Leveling the Playing Field Act, which gives U.S. manufacturers tools to fight against unfair trade practices in order to protect hard-working Ohioans. This legislation is already helping American companies fight back against China’s unfair trade practices by helping win recent trade cases that have imposed tariffs of over 250 percent on steel coming in from China.

Rob has long expressed concerns about -- and in February announced his opposition to -- the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TPP). The Teamsters oppose TPP. In addition, Rob supported and voted for the 2015 Highway Bill. The Highway Bill included Rob's Federal Permitting Improvement Act to help speed up infrastructure projects in Ohio and across the country to put people back to work. 

Rob also recently received the endorsement from the United Mine Workers of America, who had previously supported Strickland as well.