Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) commends Matt Dolan, Mike Gibbons, Josh Mandel, Jane Timken, and J.D. Vance for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to Buckeye State taxpayers. As Pledge signers, these candidates have made a written commitment to Ohio taxpayers to oppose and vote against any and all income tax increases if elected to Congress.

“The Taxpayer Protection Pledge stands as a barrier against tax hikes and makes continued pro-growth tax reform possible. We are ecstatic about the candidates’ decisions to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to their constituents,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform.

There are currently 181 Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 44 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. In addition, 85% percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, ZERO congressional Democrats have made that promise.

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.

In President Biden’s first year, he championed a multi-trillion-dollar tax and spend bill, which included the largest tax increase since 1968. These tax hikes would disproportionately hurt workers, retirees, consumers, and small businesses. Taxpayers should expect more of the same for the remainder of his presidency.

“The Taxpayer Protection Pledge is a simple litmus test that tells voters I will work to protect your wallet. I encourage all candidates for elected office to make this commitment today,” continued Norquist.

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. Please visit the ATR Pledge Database for the most up-to-date information on this race or any others.