Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told reporters on Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in 2018, The New York Times reports.
The 50 year-old Utah Republican, who has spent more than 13 years in public service, called the decision a “personal” one, and said he was ready to return to the private sector.
“I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career,” Chaffetz said. “After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time.”
Chaffetz added that he “may run again for public office, but not in 2018.”
Mr. Chaffetz is well-known for his criticisms involving the F.B.I. Director James Comey’s announcement that the bureau would recommend that Hillary Clinton not be charged over her use of a private email account when she was Secretary of State
Chaffetz then asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Clinton lied in her testimony before Congress about the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
Chaffetz was first elected as a representative in 2008, and was even a contender for Speaker of the House after John Boehner stepped down, but stepped aside when it became clear that Paul Ryan had enough support.
Thankful to have served with @jasoninthehouse, a great defender of liberty and limited government. Wish him the best.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 19, 2017