Tim Ryan becomes latest Democrat to enter race for the White House
The congressman represents an Ohio area which swung heavily from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump in 2016.
Congressman Tim Ryan has become the latest Democrat to announce he is running for president.
The 45-year-old from Ohio announced his 2020 Democratic primary bid on Thursday on ABC’s The View.
He plans an official kick-off rally in Youngstown on Saturday, where a big turnout by trade unions is expected.
Mr Ryan, a political moderate from Niles, made an unsuccessful bid to replace Nancy Pelosi as House Democratic leader in 2016.
Since Day 1, the Trump Administration has been taking deliberate action to sabotage our health care system. House Democrats are fighting back #ForThePeople to ensure every American has access to affordable and quality health care. #ProtectOurCare— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) April 2, 2019
Mr Ryan represents the district formerly held by the late Democratic Representative Jim Traficant, for whom he worked.
The blue-collar area swung strongly for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016.
He has served in Congress since 2003 and, before that, spent two years in the Ohio Senate.
He joins an already crowded field of Democratic White House candidates.