April 20, 2017: U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican, who is the current Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced yesterday, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, that he will not run for re-election to the U.S. House or to any other political office in 2018. “After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018,” Chaffetz, 50, said. Chaffetz had been suggested as a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate or for the post of Governor of Utah, but he denied any interest in running for anything in 2018. However, he noted that he “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,” Chaffetz said. Chaffetz is in his second term as the House Oversight Committee Chairman, a position he has held since 2015. Had he chosen to stay in Congress, he could have kept that post until 2020 under the term limits imposed by the House Republican Conference. Chaffetz was elected to the U.S. House to represent Utah’s Third Congressional District in 2008.