House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz won’t seek reelection

Rep. Jason Chaffetz will not seek re-election in 2018, two sources who have been informed of his decision told BuzzFeed on Wednesday morning.

Chaffetz later confirmed in a statement on Facebook that he will “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,” he said.

Chaffetz said he was confident he “would continue to be re-elected by large margins,” and there were “no ulterior motives” behind his decision. But Chaffetz has said that he’s interested in taking a “serious look” running for governor in 2020.

The Utah Republican was first elected in 2008 to represent Utah’s 3rd District.

As chairman the House Oversight Committee, Chaffetz has drawn attention and criticism for his handling of conflicts of interest investigation into Hillary Clinton and potential investigations into President Donald Trump. Some of that criticism bubbled over in recent months, with angry constituents lambasting Chaffetz at a packed town hall over the February recess.

A spokesperson for Chaffetz did not immediately return a request for comment.

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22 Responses to House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz won’t seek reelection

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  7. Is that where the “I love my family more than the work” is coming from? Wooooo!

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  8. He must have danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? Dude running scared.

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  9. Did Jason Chaffetz dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?

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  15. rikyrah says:

    He was just re-elected in November. Something smells. What’s he running from?

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