Rep. Jason Chaffetz to retire by summer
- By FederalSoup Staff
- May 18, 2017
U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced on May 18 that he will resign from his post on the House Oversight Committee by summer.
“As you know, after careful consideration and long discussion with my wife, Julie, we agree the time has come for us to move on from this part of our life,” Chaffetz writes in a letter posted on his website. “This week I sent a letter to Governor Herbert indicating my intention to resign from Congress effective June 30, 2017,” he added.
Chaffetz cites family as the main reason he wants to leave Congress, where currently services as chairman of the powerful House committee and has served since 2008.
He wrote in the letter: “I’ve slept on a cot in my office largely to save money for the Chaffetz family, but also to remind myself that my service there was temporary. Though the time away and the travel have been a sacrifice, our family has always been united that public service was the right thing to do. We feel my time in Congress has been well spent, but it now seems the right time to turn the page.
Chaffetz had already announced last month that he would not seek re-election in 2018 and that he was considering leaving office early.