House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz Will Not Seek Re-Election

According to a statement posted to Chaffetz' public Facebook page, he has chose to leave public service and go back to working in the private sector, despite his stated confidence that he would have held onto his seat in next year's election. "I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career", Chaffetz said in a statement posted to his official Facebook page. "I may run again for public office, but not in 2018".

Instead, the five-term congressman said he wants to spend time with his family, return to the private sector and potentially run for Utah governor.

Chaffetz said he continues to have the confidence of House leadership to remain chair of the committee through next year.

The reasons go beyond the recent questions about his role as the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is tasked with keeping a check on fraud and waste in the White House and the federal government. For now at least, Jason Chaffetz is preparing to enter the private sector when his current term expires, Fox News reports.

Chaffetz on Wednesday surprisingly announced he would not run for reelection.

Chaffetz has been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor of Utah, or for one of the state's two U.S. Senate seats. I acknowledge the outstanding work of my dedicated staff. "I'll leave it to Jason to pick whatever time of his choosing to announce what he'll be doing".

A Congressman who has held anti-online poker meetings on Capitol Hill won't be running for re-election in 2018. "I'm not opening or closing the door on anything", he said, adding that he may potentially seek another bid for office.

Utah's 3rd District has always been reliable for Republicans: Chaffetz was elected with 66 percent of the vote in 2008; in his subsequent re-elections, he has easily garnered over 70 percent.

Rep. Steve Stivers, chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee, called Chaffetz "a valuable member of the Republican team" and wished him well. Utah Republican candidates are chosen by state delegates, not through a traditional primary vote.

"I'm reluctant to answer on speculation because I believe it's speculation", Utah Gov. Gary Herbert told reporters at his monthly news conference on KUED.

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