Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, revealed Wednesday he will not run for re-election to a sixth term in 2018.
In a post to Facebook, Chaffetz said he decided not to be a candidate for any office next year following long consultation with his family and prayerful consideration.
Chaffetz, the Chairman of the key House Oversight Committee, said he has decided to return to the private sector after being fully engaged with politics for over a decade.
"I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career," Chaffetz wrote. "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," he added. "I may run again for public office, but not in 2018."
Chaffetz sought to preemptively cut off any speculation about the reason for his decision, saying he is healthy, confident he would be re-elected, and has the full support of House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to continue as chairman of the oversight committee.
The Utah congressman said he made the announcement now in order to give prospective candidates time to lay the groundwork for a successful run.
The district represented by Chaffetz is heavily Republican and likely to remain in GOP hands, although Politico noted Democratic physician Kathryn Allen raised a whopping $561,000 in the first quarter.
by RTT Staff Writer
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