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.

Daily Caller reports:

The Cook Political Report characterizes Spartz’s seat in the “Solid Republican” category for 2024. The congresswoman secured her most recent term in 2022 by over 20 points.

There are currently 17 other House Republicans not seeking another term, including several who are seeking statewide positions or Senate seats, according to the Press Gallery.

There are two upcoming special elections to fill vacancies left by expelled GOP Rep. George Santos of New York and former Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California on Feb. 13 and March 19, respectively.

Fox News added:

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.

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