Rep. Jason Chaffetz announces early resignation

Resignation to be effective June 30, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) United States Representative Jason Chaffetz officially announces his early resignation through a letter posted to his website.
 

Dear 3rd District Constituents:

Serving you in the U.S. House of Representatives for nearly nine years has been a rare honor and privilege. 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.

My life has undergone some big changes over the last 18 months. Those changes have been good. But as I celebrated my 50th birthday in March, the reality of spending more than 1,500 nights away from my family over eight years hit me harder than it had before.

Julie and I have been married for over 26 years. We have three wonderful children. Two of our children got married over the past 18 months – each having found an amazing spouse. I couldn’t be more proud of them. Our oldest son recently graduated from the University of Utah and his wife from BYU. In August, they will move out of state for law school. Our daughter, who attended UVU, married a great young man who found a terrific job two time zones away. Our youngest daughter remains at home attending high school, but soon she, too, will spread her wings and set off on her life’s path. Julie and I are facing the reality of being empty nesters. All of us, it appears, are ready to begin a new chapter.

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.

I have very much enjoyed serving, but never for a moment have I thought that I was indispensable. I know others can and should serve. The House is known as the “People’s House” because it is made up of a cross section of ordinary Americans who represent almost every walk of life - as it should be. While remaining true to my principles I have made the effort to “reach across the aisle.” I count many Democratic members as my friends. I hope whoever replaces me will do even better.

I would be remiss not to mention the great men and women who have served in my office, both in Washington and here in the District. They have worked hard to serve our constituents and have made me look good too many times to mention. I will miss our association. Their commitment and dedication remind me every day of why this nation will remain the strongest and most free in history.

I recognize that very few people get the opportunity you’ve given me; I will be forever grateful for the trust and confidence voters placed in me to serve five terms in the U.S. Congress. I have no doubt you will select a great new representative for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District. Thank you for allowing me to serve.

Best wishes,
Jason Chaffetz
 

Senator Orrin Hatch released a statement on Chaffetz's announcement Thursday:  "Congressman Chaffetz has served Utah well. In the House of Representatives, he distinguished himself as a strong defender of our Constitution and an effective communicator of conservative values. I wish him the very best as he returns to the private sector."

Representative Mia Love released the following statement after the announcement:
 
“Today, my friend and my colleague, Congressman Jason Chaffetz announced he intends to resign from office, effective June 30, 2017.  Jason has been a great leader and member of the House and we can all be grateful and proud of his accomplishments for our state and for our country. I have always valued his friendship and his guidance. Utah's entire delegation worked very well together and his contribution will be greatly missed.  During his eight years in office, he has served with dedication, commitment and energy. Thank you again my dear friend and my colleague for your great service.”

Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding Chaffetz's resignation.
 
“Congressman Chaffetz has been a champion of businesses for the State of Utah,” said Beattie. “He has championed many of the issues that have been critical of overregulation. We will miss his leadership and his insights. “
 
“As the great state of Utah moves forward with trying to fill Congressman Chaffetz’s soon to be vacant seat, we hope someone in Utah’s congressional leadership will pick up where he left off in finding a federal solution on remote sales. We wish Congressman Chaffetz the best in his next endeavors.”
 

 


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