Head of the US House of Representatives Oversight Committee Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) will not seek reelection in 2018.
He stated in a Facebook post earlier today:
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Representative in the United States House of Representatives. Serving is an honor and a privilege that I have never taken for granted.
After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018.
Since late 2003 I have been fully engaged with politics as a campaign manager, a chief of staff, a candidate and as a Member of Congress. I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career. Many of you have heard me advocate, “Get in, serve, and get out.” After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time. I may run again for public office, but not in 2018.
For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives. I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins. I have the full support of Speaker Ryan to continue as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That said, I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector.
I am grateful for all of you in the current and previous 3rd Congressional District. I acknowledge the outstanding work of my dedicated staff. Together we have been a strong advocate for Utahns.
By announcing now, I hope to give prospective candidates time to lay the groundwork for a successful run. I have no doubt the 3rd Congressional District will be represented by a Republican. I trust you to find the best person to serve.
The Conservative stalwart came into the national spotlight as head of the committee that was investigating Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Chaffetz was among the #NeverTrump members of Congress for a portion of the 2016 Presidential Election. He distanced himself from the Republican candidate following the controversial video released last year in which Trump made lewd comments about women to Billy Bush.
Leading up to the election as the poll numbers tightened, Chaffetz came around to giving his support to the eventual winner.
His loss will be felt among the conservative community.
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