WASHINGTON – In another blow to the GOP’s chances to regain control of the Senate in next year’s elections, Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) announced today he would not seek re-election in 2010.

Voinovich, who has previously served as governor of Ohio and mayor of Cleveland, has been in the Senate since 1999, received $5,000 from CUNA’s PAC when he won re-election in 2004 and $1,000 from the PAC of the Ohio Credit Union League.

“I still have the fire in my belly to do the work of our nation, but after serving the next two years, it will be time to step back and spend the rest of our time with our children and grandchildren, siblings and extended family and friends,” he said in a statement.

Voinovich is on any committees that have jurisdiction over credit unions.

President-elect Barack Obama carried Ohio in last year’s election and Democrat Sherrod Brown won a Senate seat there in 2008. But the state is closely divided along party lines and both parties will mount a vigorous campaign for the seat next year.

Voinovich is the third Senate Republican-after Christopher Bond of Missouri and Mel Martinez of Florida-two announced he won’t seek re-election next year. The Senate has 55 Democrats, 41 Republicans, two independents who caucus with the Democrats, and two vacancies.