Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) shocked the political world when he announced on Facebook that he would neither seek re-election nor run for any political office in 2018.
On Wednesday morning, Chaffetz posted a lengthy message on Facebook making his announcement and explaining the reasons why he has made the decision to not seek re-election. He shares that although he believes he would win re-election by a large margin and is in good health, after being away from his family for 1,500 nights over the last 14 years since becoming involved in politics, he believes it is time to be home.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Representative in the United States House of Representatives. Serving is an honor and a privilege that I have never taken for granted.
After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018. He explained that he is confident that he would be re-elected by large margins and has no health issues. He has simply grown tired of being away from his family so much and believes it is time after his 14 years of being engaged in politics. He does not rule out a run for a future office after 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.
For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives. 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. That said, I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector.
I am grateful for all of you in the current and previous 3rd Congressional District. I acknowledge the outstanding work of my dedicated staff. Together we have been a strong advocate for Utahns.
By announcing now, I hope to give prospective candidates time to lay the groundwork for a successful run. I have no doubt the 3rd Congressional District will be represented by a Republican. I trust you to find the best person to serve.
Notice, Chaffetz does not rule out a run for political office beyond 2018.
While Chaffetz’s announcement puts to rest any speculation that he would run for Senate in 2018, either replacing or challenging fellow Republican, Senator Orrin Hatch , there has also been speculation that he will run for governor of Utah in 2020.
Could Governor Chaffetz be the future of Utah?
Only time will tell.