Chaf­fetz to join Fox News as con­trib­u­tor

Los Angeles Times - - BUSINESS BEAT - By Stephen Battaglio stephen.battaglio@la­times.com

U.S. Rep. Ja­son Chaf­fetz (R-Utah) will join Fox News as a con­trib­u­tor af­ter he steps down from Congress, the ca­ble news net­work an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

Chaf­fetz, who has rep­re­sented Utah’s 3rd Con­gres­sional District since 2008, has said he would leave of­fice June 30. Start­ing July 1, he will be paid by Fox News to pro­vide po­lit­i­cal com­men­tary across all Fox News pro­grams.

Dur­ing his time as con­gress­man, Chaf­fetz served as chair­man of the House Over­sight and Govern­ment Re­form Com­mit­tee and was a mem­ber of the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee. He also served on the Home­land Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee.

Chaf­fetz, 50, had an in­te­gral role in many govern­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tions, in­clud­ing the Fast and Fu­ri­ous gun-run­ning scan­dal, the Beng­hazi ter­ror at­tack and the IRS tar­get­ing of con­ser­va­tive non­profit groups — all of which were high-in­ter­est sto­ries for Fox News’ right-lean­ing au­di­ence.

Be­fore he was elected to Congress, Chaf­fetz was cam­paign man­ager and chief of staff for former Utah Gov. Jon Hunts­man. He also worked as a cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions spe­cial­ist with his own Utah-based firm.

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