Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) reversed her prior decision to retire and announced she will seek reelection in 2024.
“Today, Congresswoman Victoria Spartz announced her intent to file for reelection to represent Indiana’s 5th Congressional District,” Spartz said in a statement Monday.
“Deciding where your duty lies – family, work, or country, is never an easy task. Earlier last year, I decided to take some time off from running for public office to recharge and spend more time in Indiana with my family. However, looking where we are today, and urged by many of my constituents, I do not believe I would be able to deliver this Congress, with the current failed leadership in Washington, D.C., on the important issues for our nation that I have worked very hard on,” Spartz said.
“As someone who grew up under tyranny, I understand the significance of these challenging times for our Republic, and if my fellow Hoosiers and God decide, I will be honored to continue fighting for them. We must carry on the sacrifice of countless Americans for our liberties and keep the American dream alive for our children,” she added.
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Republican U.S. Rep. Victoria Spartz announced that she intends to seek reelection for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District, reversing an announcement a year ago that she would forgo another run. https://t.co/nTLcRwuChqpic.twitter.com/gWLKY0jGVE
The announcement puts a damper on campaign plans of the nine Republicans who have filed to run for her seat. Spartz is barely meeting Indiana’s filing deadline, which requires candidates to submit paperwork by Friday.
No Democrats had filed to contest the seat.
Despite the announcement, three other GOP-held Indiana seats will be changing hands come Election Day. Both Reps. Larry Bucshon and Greg Pence announced last month they would not be running for re-election.
Rep. Jim Banks also announced he would not seek to keep his seat, running instead to replace Indiana Sen. Mike Braun.