House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz will not run for re-election in 2018, he announced in a Facebook post Wednesday.
“After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018,” he wrote.
Chairman Jason Chaffetz member of the House Oversight Committee declared that he won’t run for re-election in 2018. This decision from Mr. Chaffetz came as a surprise as he was one of the leading investigators in the administration of President Barack Obama.
“After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018,” he wrote on Facebook. “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.” announced Jason Chaffetz.
Mr. Chaffetz, 50, a Utah Republican who visibly admired his role under a Democratic administration. Mr. Chaffetz after more than 13 years in public service said that he was ready to return to the private sector, highlighting his decision a “personal” one.
Sitting in chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, he launched investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for Benghzi also during the 2016 presidential election. He led the research into IRS Commissioner Lois Lerner and held high profile hearings on prescription drug prices.
He was also pressured, particularly by Democrats, to investigate Trump and his administration, including Russia’s involvement in the US election in 2016, but he refused saying that it’s job for the Intelligence Committees.
Jason Chaffetz was first elected in 2008 and so on until today’s decision to leave office in 2018.