GOP’s Chaf­fetz won’t seek re-elec­tion to Utah seat in 2018

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Dinan

Rep. Ja­son Chaf­fetz, the House GOP’s top in­ves­ti­ga­tor, said Wed­nes­day he’ll re­tire from Congress at the end of this term.

“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,” Mr. Chaf­fetz, Utah Repub­li­can, said in a state­ment posted on­line.

Mr. Chaf­fetz said he was not be­ing pushed out, and there was noth­ing else be­hind his de­ci­sion — though his Demo­cratic chal­lenger out­raised him in the last quar­ter.

The con­gress­man won his seat in 2008 by de­feat­ing a Repub­li­can in­cum­bent, then-Rep. Chris Can­non, a long­time ad­vo­cate for a more le­nient im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy. The race was seen as an early test of the im­mi­gra­tion de­bate that has driven the party for the last decade.

Mr. Chaf­fetz had ad­vanced quickly in the House, win­ning the chair­man­ship of the House Over­sight and Govern­ment Re­form Com­mit­tee in 2015, where he led probes into for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton’s use of a pri­vate email ac­count and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies’ price hikes.

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Rep. Ja­son Chaf­fetz, Utah Repub­li­can, says he plans to re­tire from Congress at the end of this term.

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