Many in GOP circles are wondering what’s next for Portman, who currently holds a top finance position at the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Portman, who went through a series of defined roles last Congress, from top Mitch McConnell confidante on budget issues to supercommittee member and top campaign surrogate, only gave a vague vision of his role now.
“I see myself focused like a laser on the big problems like the economy and jobs and the debt and deficit, which are totally related,” Portman said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.