Chaffetz won’t seek re-election

Chaffetz won’t seek re-election

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U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) addresses the press from the Capitol in Oct. 2015 (Photo: Loree Lewis)

WASHINGTON—Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the chair of the powerful House Oversight Committee, announced Wednesday that he will not seek an additional term in 2018.

In a statement on Facebook, Chaffetz said that the decision was a personal one and was not made out of political concerns.

“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,” Chaffetz said.

While the Utah Republican, who has served in the lower chamber since 2009, said that he will be returning to the private sector, he left the door open to running for public office in the future.

Chaffetz’ announcement shakes up the state’s political landscape. Evan McMullin, an anti-Trump presidential candidate in 2016, has previously floated the idea of challenging Chaffetz for his seat.

During the 2016 campaign, Chaffetz made headlines after rescinding his support for Trump following the release of a tape depicting Trump using sexually aggressive language and then providing his endorsement again as the election neared.

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