- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz is considering running for governor when he reaches his committee term limit in 2020.

Chaffetz will reach the maximum six years as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in 2020, The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/1IMVP4v). He said he intends to return home to Utah at that time.

“I love Utah. That’s where I want to be. This doesn’t last forever. I get to meet and interact with a lot of neat people and do amazing things, but that’s what the job does. It’s not me,” Chaffetz said.

Chaffetz was first elected in 2008 and says he is no longer considering running for the Senate. He considered bids to unseat then-Sen. Bob Bennett in 2010 and later Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2012. He also threw his hat into the ring last year for House speaker, but stepped aside when Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, agreed to run.

“The more I’m here, the more I’m convinced I don’t want to be in the United States Senate,” Chaffetz said. “I’ve already invested years in the House and it’s essentially the same job, just more people over here and more competition.”

He said he is currently focusing on what he can accomplish as chairman rather than his future political plans.

“I’m not going to be here forever. I would take a serious, serious look at running for governor,” Chaffetz said. “I want to go as hard and fast as I can in the House and then go home.”

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com


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