Since late 2003 I have been fully engaged with politics as a campaign manager, a chief of staff, a candidate and as a Member of Congress. I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career. 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.
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’s favorability ratings had dropped from his resounding victory in November. The most recent UtahPolicy.com survey showed 3rd District voters gave Chaffetz a 52% favorable rating, which is a far cry from the 73.5% he won in the 2016 election.
Whoever wins the 3rd Congressional District seat in 2018 will likely be a Republican. The Cook Political Report rates Utah’s 3rd District as the 16th most Republican in Congress out of 435.