Ukrainian-born Rep. Victoria Spartz announces she will not run again in 2024

 February 4, 2023

Ukrainian-born lawmaker Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) announced last week that she will not only bow out of a House run in 2024, but said she'll also pass up an opportunity to fill a soon-to-be-vacant Indiana Senate seat, The Hill reported

The 44-year-old lawmaker gained national and global prominence over the past year given her ties to Ukraine and the ongoing Russian invasion of the European nation.

In a statement, she thanked supporters for standing behind her and reminded her constituents what she accomplished in her time in the lower chamber.

She's expected to end her congressional career in 2024.

"Tough battles"

As many members of Congress who resign or plan to resign say, Spartz is more interested in spending time raising her family right now, specifically citing her two daughters.

"I won a lot of tough battles for the people and will work hard to win a few more in the next two years," Spartz said.

She added: "However, being a working mom is tough and I need to spend more time with my two high school girls back home, so I will not run for any office in 2024."

"It’s been my honor representing Hoosiers in the Indiana State Senate and U.S. Congress and I appreciate the strong support on the ground. 2024 will mark seven years of holding elected office and over a decade in Republican politics," her statement said.

Before her election to the U.S. House, Spartz served as an Indiana state senator.

Brewing battle

With Indiana Sen. Mike Braun stepping down, the Indiana Senate seat is a hot commodity for Republicans right now.

Now that Spartz and Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) are not in the running for the seat, the open seat will almost certainly go to Rep. Jim Banks, who was recently endorsed for the seat by former President Donald Trump, who scores high marks in Indiana routinely.

Given Spartz's departure in '24, her 5th Congressional District seat will also need to be filled.

Only time will tell who steps up to the plate, but given the high stakes of the 2024 election, there will undoubtedly be a fair amount of healthy competition for the seat on both sides.

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