Victoria Spartz has changed her mind and will seek another term in office, going back on her previous decision to exit Congress.

Republican Representative Victoria Spartz of Indiana’s 5th Congressional District announced on Monday that she plans to run for reelection in 2024, reversing her previous decision to step away from Congress. Last February, Spartz had stated that she wanted to spend more time with her family and would not be seeking another term. However, she now believes that her work in the Capitol is not finished and wants to continue fighting for her constituents. This is a rare move, as it is not common for members of Congress to change their minds about leaving. Spartz, who was born in Ukraine, faced a tough and expensive race in 2020 but won with 61% of the vote in 2022 after a Republican redistricting plan. She understands the importance of these challenging times for our country and is honored to continue fighting for her fellow Hoosiers if they and God allow it. This decision has shaken up the congressional race, as nine Republicans have already filed to run for Spartz’s seat, while no Democrats have filed yet. Indiana’s congressional delegation will have at least three new members after the fall elections, as Representatives Larry Bucshon and Greg Pence have also announced their decision to not seek reelection in 2024. Representative Jim Banks is running for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat, which was vacated by Republican Senator Mike Braun, who is running for Indiana governor. The deadline for candidates to file for the primary ballot is Friday at noon.  

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