Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) commends State Senator Matt Dolan for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Ohio’s open U.S. Senate seat. The Pledge is a written commitment to Buckeye State taxpayers that he will oppose and vote against all income tax hikes.

I recently signed @taxreformer‘s #TaxpayerProtectionPledge. I’m the only #OHSEN candidate with a proven conservative record of cutting taxes for #Ohio workers, families & businesses. I’ll bring this same anti-tax, pro-growth approach to the U.S. Senate.— Matt Dolan (@dolan4ohio) October 6, 2021

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is much harder to break.

For those candidates who refuse to sign the Pledge, voters should wonder why this politician chooses to leave the door open to tax hikes.

“Ohio voters are looking for solutions that get Americans back to work and grow the economy. I commend State Senator Matt Dolan for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and promising to hold the line on taxes. It’s the first step in jump-starting the economy,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform.

There are currently 178 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 44 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. 85% percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, ZERO congressional Democrats have made that promise. 

President Biden has been championing a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, which includes the largest tax increase since 1968. These tax hikes will disproportionately hurt workers, retirees, consumers, and small businesses.

“Voters have a right to know where candidates stand on taxes before heading to the voting booth. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge is a simple litmus test that tells voters I’ll work to protect your wallet. I encourage all candidates for elected office to make this commitment today,” continued Norquist.

Senator Dolan joins Jane Timken in signing the federal Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the 2022 race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Rob Portman’s retirement. The primary is May 3, 2022, and the filing deadline for candidates is February 2, 2022.

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on this race or any other, please visit the ATR Pledge Database.