Chaffetz confirms he will leave Congress on June 30

Rep. Jason Chaffetz officially announced he’s leaving Congress on June 30.

Chaffetz posted a letter to constituents in the 3rd Congressional District on his congressional web page Thursday afternoon.

When I first ran for Congress in 2008 I promised I would get in, serve, and get out. I told voters I did not believe Congress should be a lifetime career. I knew from day one that my service there would not last forever. 

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. This week I sent a letter to Governor Herbert indicating my intention to resign from Congress effective June 30, 2017. 

It’s been speculated that Chaffetz is headed for an on-air slot with Fox News Channel.

News of Chaffetz’s departure means Gov. Gary Herbert will call for a special election to fill his seat. Utah lawmakers want Herbert to call a special session so they can set the rules for that election, but Herbert probably won’t. Instead, he’ll likely set a primary election for August 15, with the special election on November 7, which is election day.