Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won’t run for re-election

MOLLY RILEY
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Chaffetz said he won’t for re-election or any other office in 2018. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee, said he won’t for re-election or any other office in 2018.

Chaffetz, who has been rumored as a possible candidate for Senate or governor, said after consulting with his family and “prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018.”

Chaffetz, 50, in his fifth term, said in a statement on Facebook he has long advocated that public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career.

He said after more than 1,500 nights away from home, “it is time” to step aside.

Chaffetz said he has “no ulterior motives,” and is healthy and confident he would be re-elected.

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